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May 30, 2023Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

MU Extension Office encouraging telehealth services

mental health

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In an effort to address the mental health needs of rural Missourians, telehealth is emerging as a viable treatment option, according to the MU Extension Office.

State officials say with telehealth, healthcare services including counseling can be accessed remotely, eliminating the need for travel.

This is especially significant as Missouri faces a shortage of healthcare providers, particularly in mental health services.

Telehealth provides rural residents with more choices and reduces the need for time off work and childcare, saving both time and money. Telehealth offers convenience and confidentiality, improving mental health accessibility.

Free teletherapy counseling is available for farmers and ranchers through the MU Extension. To request free teletherapy counseling, go to or call 573-882-4677.