Siouxlanders say accessing local mental health resources is still a challenge for some people

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — “How are you?” It’s a simple question to ask loved ones, but Victoria Mason of Siouxland Mental Health Center said it can have a big impact.

“If the answer is no, help them navigate to these services,” Mason said. “Do they need to talk to a therapist? Should they consider medication for that anxiety they’re dealing with or that depression that’s hitting them all of a sudden? »

Mason said that while there are a wide variety of mental illnesses, there are also several different treatment options.

“We have therapy appointments, group therapy, individual, family, couple, parent-child interactions,” she said. “We have a lot of different therapy modalities.”

The first step is to recognize the problem. Amy Bloch of Catholic Charities of Sioux City said details are important when monitoring the mental health of your loved ones.

“What I would always encourage is early intervention,” Bloch said. “If you’re not sure, give a call and tell someone. The big thing to look for is the duration of these symptoms and their intensity.

Bloch said seeing a professional is still a huge hurdle across Siouxland. She says that last year, 29% of Iowans with depression or anxiety were unable to access mental health care.

“And that’s for several reasons,” she said. “There is a shortage of mental health professionals. There is one licensed mental health professional for every 440 people.

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