The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that one in five Americans suffer from mental illness. As research, headlines, and personal testimonies reflect the devastation that mental health conditions can create, rural America is at an even greater risk of limited access to mental health resources. Therefore, the “Pathways to Mental Health” program serves as a source of refuge to rural citizens who otherwise would not have access to trained mental health counselors. “Pathways” focuses on mental health awareness, healthy mental lifestyles, and stigma removal. The program provides education tailored for children and adults, age 5 and up, and it gives each group an opportunity to dispel some of the myths associated with mental health conditions and health awareness. “Pathways” creates a judgment free, open dialogue environment in our communities and in our schools that encourages mental health awareness discussions. Moreover, it is an opportunity to conduct research and to collect data in the form of forums, surveys, and storytelling in an effort to provide resources to meet existing and future needs.