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OIT Focuses On Mental Health Needs In Rural Areas


Suicide rates are higher in rural areas than urban in the United States, by a lot.  The mental healthcare community has turned a lot of attention to rural suicide prevention in recent years. 

It is among the issues addressed and taught in the marriage and family therapy (MFT) program at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.  The program recently added a medical family therapy concentration.  Kevin Garrett is the clinical director in the program at OIT. 
He visits to talk about the challenges and opportunities of rural mental healthcare. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.