My agency, like most of the Human Service Centers in my State, is understaffed. We can’t seem to find any psychologists or psychiatrists or other mental health professionals to come and work for us. The problem is state-wide, even in the more urban areas. There even is a paucity of private-sector mental health professionals in the western side of the State.
We certainly have tried to attract people, what with student loan forgiveness, great benefits, and competitive salaries. No one wants to work in a rural state. My husband and I think people seem to have a poverty of imagination of what life could be like here. I turn to the Baboons for suggestions.
How would you entice people to move to a remote, rural area to live and work? What do you think are people’s misconceptions about rural life? How would you speak to the realities of rural life?