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Coronavirus May Worsen Mental Health Concerns Across Rural Idaho

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When the coronavirus first began spreading in Idaho, the health care system was primarily focused on the physical health of folks. While those concerns continue, some are also raising alarm bells about the mental health challenges that come with a pandemic. 

Especially in rural parts of the state, where there’s a lack of mental health services to begin with, this issue could be more acute. We were curious to understand more about this and how to make sure people get the help they need.

Idaho Matters is joined now by two mental health professionals in different parts of the state: Myra Campbell is a therapist at Nimipuu Health Clinic and a registered member of the New Perce tribe. And Chris Edwards is a psychologist with St. Luke’s Clinic Behavioral Health Services in Twin Falls. 

 

Please note: None of us on the Idaho Matters team are mental health professionals. If you are going through a hard time, there is help. A good place to start is the National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264. 

As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.

 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!