Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Using small-town clergy to serve rural veterans' mental health needs

NPR ran this story today, dateline Somerset, Kentucky.  Here's the promotional blurb:
Veterans dealing with the trauma of war will often turn to a priest or pastor of their church for guidance before going to a mental health professional.  Experts say that type of support can be especially important in rural areas that aren't near a VA medical center. 
The story goes on to tell of a program by which the Veteran's Administration is training clergy to respond more effectively to the mental health needs of veterans in their congregations and communities.

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