Mental Health Stats/Info

Did you know?

Mental illness: An eye-opening overview.

The information here is merely a basic introduction to mental illness and its prevalence — in the U.S. and Nebraska. It is by no means complete or exhaustive. More information is available through web searches or via links elsewhere on BHECN webpages.

How common is mental illness?
Mental illness is more prevalent than some people might think. Nebraska mirrors these national statistics:

  • Each year: over 25% exhibit some form of disorder.
  • Treatment: Two-thirds receive no treatment; of those that do, a significant share of treatment is classified as minimally adequate.
  • Severe cases: About 6% are considered to have severe mental illness — meaning seriously debilitating to daily life.
  • Lifetime: About 46% exhibit problems at some point in their lives.
  • Gender: Mental illness strikes men and women about equally.
  • Children/adolescents: about 1 in 5 has a disorder at some point.

Sources: NAMI, NIMH, Mayo Clinic

More mental health statistics by age, race, gender, type of disorder, etc.

Does Nebraska have adequate mental health care?
Exactly the opposite: Nebraska has a serious shortage of care providers, especially in small towns and rural areas.

  • By county: Of Nebraska’s 93 counties, 90 have no, or almost no, local care providers.
  • One or none: 38 counties have one or no mental health professionals.
  • Metro concentration: 74% of Nebraska mental health professionals practice in Omaha or Lincoln.
  • Psychiatrists: Of the state’s 147 licensed psychiatrists, 113 are in Omaha/Lincoln; another 15 are at state facilities.
  • Psychologists: Of Nebraska’s 270 licensed psychologists, only 51 practice in rural areas.
  • Less than U.S. average: Nebraska has fewer mental health professionals than the U.S. per capita average.

Source: Nebraska Mental Health Workforce Analysis