Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Pamela Mulder

Second Advisor

Keith Beard

Third Advisor

Chris Legrow


Residents living in rural communities face many challenges, one of which is the need for adequate mental health services. Various factors including accessibility, quality, and social stigma often impact an individual’s decision to seek services, especially when they are related to psychological distress. This project highlights the characteristics of several rural communities within Appalachia to determine if there is an unmet need for psychological services and what barriers may be keeping potential patients from seeking psychological services. Both archival and survey data will be analyzed to determine the perceived need for psychological services and what barriers community leaders feel are preventing people from receiving services. Finally, possible solutions to aid the mental health crisis in rural communities will be proposed.


Rural mental health services - Appalachian Region.

Included in

Psychology Commons