Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 347–359 | Cite as

The Mental Health Consumer Movement: Implications for Rural Practice

  • Robert W. Bjorklund
  • James L. Pippard


Developing consumer-oriented programs for ruralareas presents a major challenge for practitioners andpolicy makers. The mental health consumer movement, asuccessful urban creation, has yet to fully impact rural practice and be of benefit to individualswith severe and persistent mental illness. Rural mentalhealth professionals face unique challenges andopportunities in utilizing rural strengths to foster consumer participation in the design andimplementation of service delivery. The authors addressthe unique barriers facing rural communities and proposea selfhelp model as a service deliveryalternative.


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