National Association for
Rural Mental Health
Each year, the National Association for Rural Mental Health hosts a one-of-a-kind conference focusing on rural and frontier mental health practice, social services, research, and public policy issues. The NARMH Annual conference brings together rural clinicians, administrators, consumers, researchers, and policy-makers. Participants’ learn about national issues and trends; develop new knowledge and skills; hear perspectives from rural consumers and advocates; and are provided with updates on the latest in research, practice and policy; socialize and HAVE FUN!
The National Association for Rural Mental Health seeks to promote the linkage of the diverse voices of rural mental health, through its activities as a membership organization. As a national organization, NARMH provides a forum for rural mental health professionals, advocates, and consumers to identify issues and problems, share innovative solutions and model programs, and speak with a shared voice on issues of rural mental health concern.
As an organization with a historical heritage of education, NARMH’s sponsorship of an annual conference, regional workshops, and publication of written information is focused upon increasing the body of knowledge related to rural mental health. NARMH’s educational efforts will continue to link the myriad of rural issues and experience into a connected fabric of understanding.
NARMH shall provide a common voice for rural mental health within national and state public policy arenas. Through the information sharing with other organizations, government agencies, federal and state leaders, and others, NARMH will seek to ensure rural America is taken into account in the formation of private and public mental healthcare policy.
"Linking Voices to Promote Rural Mental Health."
NARMH carries out this mission through electronic and print communication, an annual national conference, participation in national policy making, and special projects.
Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the health and well-being of NARMH, and serving on the board provides multiple opportunities to get involved and be active in policy development, advocacy, and advancement of NARMH mission, vision, and goals. NARMH board members are elected, and elections are held each May when open positions exist. To be considered as a candidate for a board position, individuals should be a NARMH member for at least one full year in good standing, be willing to travel to NARMH meetings at least two times per year at their own expense (typically attend the annual conference in the summer, and the policy and board meeting in the winter/spring), and be able to articulate why they want to serve on the board. Serving on the NARMH board is an excellent opportunity to get involved at a more active level, to develop and practice leadership skills, and serve our rural communities in unique and interesting ways. For those who are interested, please feel free to contact the current NARMH President or a board member to discuss further.