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