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 (NARMH) is a professional organization that serves the field of rural behavioral health. NARMH's membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community, including consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers. A unifying force for NARMH has been a focus on rural concerns, which includes a commitment to rural people and those that serve them. This belief that rural comes first has allowed NARMH to concentrate its efforts to improve access, availability, acceptability of behavioral health and substance abuse services and research in rural and frontier areas.
Greetings NARMH members, friends, and visitors! My name is Dr. Paul F.E. Mackie, and it is my genuine pleasure to serve you as the President of the National Association for Rural Mental Health. NARMH has a long and rich history of advocacy and response to rural behavioral health needs, and is the organization that works hard to address these concerns at the local, state and national levels. NARMH is actively focused on representing rural behavioral health issues though supporting innovations in policy, research, and direct practice. This is a member-driven, volunteer organization, meaning we as general membership or board members are directly professionally involved in rural behavioral health services and delivery. This is also a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary organization; psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, medicine, counseling, sociology, political scientists, alcohol & drug treatment providers, clergy, and peer specialists, and consumers are all represented. This is an important distinction of this organization as perhaps the most cherished aspect of NARMH is the depth and diversity of those involved working to make real, sustainable change in rural places. Please take some time to peruse our website, visit us on our Facebook page, and consider attending or presenting at our annual conference. I’m confident that however you are connected to rural behavioral health, you will find a way through NARMH to work toward the common goal of lifting voices and advocating for our shared concerns.
Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Ph.D., LISW