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Why should you care about mental health?

Why should you care about mental health? According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experiences mental illness in a given year. In 2015, someone committed suicide every 12 seconds. Can you imagine? Count your family, your friends. Now mentally draw an X through every fifth person. Shocking, isn’t it?

Suicide and accidental overdose are two of the leading causes of death in Tennessee. Both could be prevented with intervention by a psychiatric/mental health professional if there were enough in the state, but there are not. Per the norm in healthcare, rural areas suffer disproportionately. A serious scarcity of mental health professionals leads to higher rates of untreated depression and addiction which can lead to suicide or accidental overdose.

We hope to break the cycle by offering a new financial incentive to nursing students studying psychiatric/mental health in a masters or doctoral program. In return for $40,000 payable while in school, you will commit to practice in a medically underserved community for two years following graduation. We hope you will stay longer, you are needed so much, but two years is our minimum commitment.

To read about the suicide crisis in America, notably, it’s prevalence in rural America, check out this article: https://bit.ly/2Ajn08P. This exemplifies why we care and why we created the new incentive. To find out more - contact Denise at dprimm@tha.com or 615.401.7462. Stay tuned to tomorrow for news about our psychiatric medical resident financial incentive.

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