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We're talking brain 🧠 health today. In Nebraska in 2014 1 in 6 adults reported having experienced depression and 1 in 12 reported frequent mental distress. Studies have shown that overall suicide deaths between ages 10 and 24 double in rural areas.

See what researchers from the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and Wayne State College are working on with students to help end mental health stigma for rural college students.

More about RFI's research and teaching projects at: ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/research

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Hear from two partners on a 2017 RFI-funded teaching & engagement project related to mental health in rural areas. #RuralHealthDay #PowerofRural The project entitled, "Ending Mental Health Stigma & Promoting Mental Health Among Rural Nebraska College and University Students," is led by Sonja Tutsch of the University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC and Monica Snowden of Wayne State College. The growing shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas, alongside the rising number of rural college and university students who experience mental health difficulties, calls for a comprehensive public health approach to addressing underlying causes of mental illness and related stigma. In collaboration with faculty and students at Wayne State College, the NU project team from the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska seeks to develop and implement a promising mental health promotion curriculum aimed at addressing stigma and alleviating mental health difficulties among college and university students in Nebraska. #NUforNE

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"I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that's not pulling the trigger." - Mia Hamm 🥇 Have a great weekend and remember to go for it! ...

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We’re joined today by Professor Lindsay Hastings, Director of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute. Dr. Hastings is passionate about helping students develop the leadership skills they need to reach their goals. Tune in to hear about her research in generativity and the urgent need for mentorship in rural communities. ...

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💻 RFI Project Update! 💻

Now that you know more about rural broadband expert Roberto Gallardo (see yesterday's video!), here are the details about the 2017 RFI-funded research and engagement project he is leading with Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, professor with the UNO Social Media Lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as Charlotte Narjes and Connie Hancock with Nebraska Extension.

Through this project, faculty, students and communities are coming together (RFI Nexus!) to research the use of digital platforms for civic engagement in rural communities. The research basis of this project is important in that the models and best practices coming out of this work will be empirically sound when other rural communities look to implement them.

We've loved seeing the UNO students immersed in the rural Nebraska communities of Ashland, Nebraska City and Ravenna throughout the last several weeks, and they recently presented their social media plans! Follow the Social Media Lab on Twitter for all of the latest details >>> twitter.com/UNOSML

More about RFI-funded research and teaching projects at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/research/.

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