Publication Date: June 30th, 2022
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Topic(s): Health Disparities and Health Equity, Healthcare Access, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+), Mental and Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health
Author(s): Henning-Smith C, Sarkin C, Tuttle M, and Gonzales G
Disparities in mental health and access to care are well-documented by both sexual orientation and rural/urban location. However, less is known about the intersection of sexual orientation and rurality in mental health and access to or utilization of mental health care. This policy brief addresses the research gap among rural sexual minorities by illuminating differences in mental health for two of the most common mental health disorders (depression and anxiety), as well as differences in access to care.