Mental health services expand in rural communities – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – A new mental health resource is making its way into underserved communities.

Honor First is a mental health telehealth service.

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The organization is expanding to connect with rural communities, following the recent mass shootings that rocked the country.

“What we’ve done with Honor First, we’ve created a program where over 75 mental health care providers take their time and travel to these remote areas so they can reach people who need help and support,” Honor First said. CEO Dr Jaschon Proctor.

Dr. Proctor leads the initiative to create seizure prevention programs through art therapy, medicine and counselling.

Crises like school shootings, mall shootings and suicides etc because no one is addressing the real cause of the problem,” Dr Proctor said.

According to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 65% of non-metro counties do not have psychiatrists.

A 2021 report from the US Department of Agriculture shows that 1.8 million people live in remote areas of Michigan.

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“Unfortunately, especially now with gas prices, they can’t afford to drive an hour to see a mental health provider,” Dr. Proctor said.

“They need help within their community.”

Honor First provides in-person and virtual services.

The group’s mission is to end the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Due to the lack of resources, people feel left out,” Dr. Proctor explained.

“When you go to rural communities, there are so many needs. They also have the same stresses and issues that we all have, but they don’t have the resources to help deal with those issues.

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