An Overview of Mental Health in Joliet, Illinois
Joliet, Illinois, just 25 miles away from Chicago, is called “The City of Excitement.” As of the last official U.S. Census in 2010, Joliet was the fourth-largest city in Illinois.
This “City of Excitement” has been featured in some of the world’s most iconic movies, including “The Blues Brothers” (released in 1980, featuring John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd) and “Natural Born Killers” (released in 1994, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis). Television shows such as “The Untouchables” (1959-1963, featuring a much younger Robert Stack of “Unsolved Mysteries” fame) and “Prison Break” (2005-2009) have also been filmed in Joliet.
While there are plenty of things for residents and visitors alike to do in “The City of Excitement,” mental illness cannot always be distracted away. Like anywhere else, people of all backgrounds sometimes need the assistance of a qualified professional for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.
Poverty and Mental Illness in Joliet, Illinois
As of July 2017, Joliet has 148,462 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The poverty level for Joliet is 12.1%, which is close to the Illinois average of 12.6% and the U.S. average of 12.3%. The unemployment rate in Joliet as of June 2018 was 4%, while the Illinois average was 4.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Joliet’s unemployment rate is identical to the U.S. average reported in June 2018.
However, approximately 11.1% of Joliet, Illinois residents do not have health insurance. This figure is significantly higher than the state average of 7.8% and slightly higher than the national average of 10.2%.
Also, the 2016 per capita income for Joliet was $25,089 — significantly lower than the state and national averages of $31,502 and $29,829 (respectively).
Therefore, finances could still present a challenge to Joliet, Illinois residents seeking mental health care services.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), poverty worsens the symptoms of serious mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Poverty also makes it more probable that a person will experience a serious mental illness. Finally, anyone who has a mental health condition such as depression or schizophrenia is more likely to end up living in poverty after symptoms begin to appear. This applies to people of all education levels and professions.
Mental Health Statistics for Joliet, Illinois
According to a report from the American Psychological Association, Illinois has nearly 3,000 active psychologists — the largest number in the Midwest region. This indicates how pervasive the problem of mental illness is among people throughout the state.
According to SAMHSA’s Illinois Behavioral Health Barometer for 2015, the state has mental illness prevalence rates that are slightly lower than the national average. The percentage of major depressive episodes among Illinois children ages 12-17 in 2013-2014 was 10.2% — nearly 1% lower than the U.S. average of 11% for the same period. The average for serious mental illnesses among Illinois adults in 2013-2014 was 3.7% — half a percentage point lower than the national average of 4.2%.
Mental Health Resources for Joliet, Illinois
A SAMHSA online search engine lists four facilities in Joliet that offer inpatient and outpatient mental health services for children and adults. On the other hand, there are 17 providers of services related to substance abuse in Joliet, Illinois.
It appears that some Joliet residents may seek healthcare in neighboring communities such as Lemont (approximately 11 miles away), Bolingbrook (approximately 11 miles away), Orland Park (approximately 13 miles away), and Matteson (approximately 16 miles away). SAMHSA lists 15 additional mental health treatment options and 51 additional substance abuse treatment options within a 20-mile radius of Joliet, Illinois.
Some of the inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services available in Joliet and nearby cities offer low-cost or free treatment to people with low income and/or no insurance. This is especially important because of the high number of people in Joliet who do not have health insurance (see the “Poverty and Mental Illness in Joliet, Illinois” section).
Challenges of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Joliet, Illinois
This website is dedicated to helping people in Joliet, Illinois and every other U.S. city find the best mental health treatment available.
While your employer or health insurer likely has a referral service, you are likely to end up frustrated after hours of completing rather personal forms. More often than not, providers recommended by your employer or health insurer have few or no appointments.
Our directory helps you find a therapist in or near Joliet, Illinois. We provide mental health resources for residents of Joliet, Illinois who would like to have therapy or another type of service from a mental health care professional.