(Frontier Area Rural Mental-Health Camp And Mentorship Program)
FARM CAMP is a new project, developed by our clinic and funded in part by the BHECN Program (Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska). It is intended to identify and mentor rural students who are interested in eventual careers in behavioral health or mental health. Our first one week FARM CAMP activity was held in Rushville, NE in the summer of 2013, during which students were able to meet professionals from a variety of rural behavioral health careers and learn first hand about these careers. They also took a class introducing them to aspects of psychology, mental health treatment, and ethics, for which they received college credit. And, of course, there were fun activities for them to participate in during the off-hours. Now that the camp has concluded, students will be followed by a mentor, who will keep in touch with them throughout the year, answer any questions they might have, and help hook them into the right education and career path. This project is intended to help with the drastic shortage of mental and behavioral health providers in our most rural settings. Currently 88 of 93 counties in the state of Nebraska are identified as shortage areas in these fields. It is also hoped that it will help to provide career opportunities to young people in rural areas, which traditonallly suffer from unemployment, poverty, and an exodus of youth (due to lack of opportunity).
Access a FARM CAMP Application here.
Because of the economic hardship of our area, it is our goal to try to keep this camp free to student participants who are accepted. Funds donated to FARM CAMP, in most cases, go back into our rural communities since we lodge the students in local motels, and feed them from local grocery stores and cafes.
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