Health professionals focus on recruitment, treatment for mental health
KEARNEY, Neb. —
43 million Americans suffer from some sort of mental health issue, and one in five Nebraskans are affected.
Over the last few weeks, NTV News met a couple who is reaching out and sharing their story about dealing with depression.
Last week covered a youth leader who opened his office doors, helping kids who need it.
The medical piece - it's a mental health quandry.
The pills are out there: lexapro, xanax, celexa, zoloft, paxil.
Millions of Americans are using them to cope.
Dr. Hugo Gonzalaez is a psychiatrist in Kearney, he'll prescribe medications, but he favors what he calls a conservative approach.
Dr. Chasek works away at the University of Nebraska at Kearney trying to recruit more people like Dr. Gonzalez to the profession.
Chasek is part of a program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that recruits and trains students to get into behavioral health fields.
Nebraska is woefully short in mental health providers - 88 counties need help.
Half of patients end up going to a family practice doctor.
Chasek would like to imbed mental health care in a medical enviroment.
Doctors could diagnose and refer to a counselor or psychiatrist down the hall.
She said most doctors would support it.
Numbers of patients are going up, a lack of providers is creating an uphill battle, but there are positives out there.
Like when an elderly woman who wouldn't step into a psychiatrists office finally does, and is able to get better.