August 29, 2023.   Farmers and residents of rural communities often face stigma when it comes to mental health challenges, but state leaders hope to change that….A July research brief from Adee Athiyaman, a professor at Western Illinois University’s Institute for Rural Affairs, found rural communities lag behind metropolitan ones in awareness about mental health care. This leads to “poor knowledge about mental health issues and minimal support for policies about mental health care,” according to the brief. …Read More