A recent study out of Washington State University revealed how chronic depression impacts the lives of rural mothers and their children. Mothers with chronic depression experience more physical health issues, while also distrusting the health professionals who would treat them. They also struggle to manage their children’s health, often exacerbated by the lack of childcare options and loss of employment. Dr. Yoshie Sano, the lead author of the study, explains that “there’s a huge stigma around mental health, especially in rural areas.” When rural mothers are depressed, their family and community are also affected. It is essential to support the physical and mental health of rural mothers.