It’s prohibitively difficult to access mental health services in rural America. That’s because, relative to urban areas, rural counties have so few mental health professionals. The majority of non-metropolitan counties in the U.S. don’t have a psychiatrist, and almost half lack a psychologist. The paucity has resulted in a veritable public-health crisis—rural Americans suffering from a psychiatric condition are more likely to encounter police than receive treatment. Each year, 2 million mentally ill Americans, most of whom aren’t violent criminals, end up in jail. Read more:
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” was directed by James Burns. It is an Independent Lens “Stories for Justice” production ( in association with Terry Greene Sterling and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.
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