An Overview of Mental Health in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin is a major city on the banks of Lake Michigan and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Kenosha is part of the Chicago metropolitan area, as Kenosha residents are about
65 miles from this major Illinois city.
While Kenosha has a rich cultural history and plenty of activities for tourists and residents alike, the city has a longstanding problem with poverty. Mental illnesses also strike people regardless of income level.
Poverty and Mental Illness in Kenosha, Wisconsin
As of July 2017, the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin has 99,877 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Kenosha County has 168,521 residents.
The poverty level for Kenosha is 19.3%, which is significantly higher than the Kenosha County average of 13%, the Wisconsin average of 11.3%, and the U.S. average of 12.3%. The unemployment rate in Kenosha as of May 2018 was 3.4%, slightly higher than Wisconsin’s rate of 2.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city of Kenosha’s unemployment rate was slightly lower than the 3.8% national average reported in May 2018.
On top of a significantly high poverty level, approximately 11.2% of Kenosha, Wisconsin residents do not have health insurance. This figure is significantly higher than the county and state averages of 6.4% each and slightly higher than the national average of 10.2%.
Also, the 2016 per capita income for the city of Kenosha was $24,253 — significantly lower than the state and national averages of $29,253 and $29,829 (respectively) and somewhat lower than the Kenosha County average of $27,335.
Therefore, finances could present a seemingly insurmountable challenge to Kenosha, Wisconsin 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 Kenosha, Wisconsin
According to a report from the American Psychological Association, Wisconsin has 939 active psychologists — one of the smallest numbers in the entire United States. However, this does not indicate an absence of mental illness in the state.
According to SAMHSA’s Wisconsin Behavioral Health Barometer for 2015, the state has mental illness prevalence rates that are identical to or somewhat higher than the national average. The percentage of major depressive episodes among Wisconsin children ages 12-17 in 2013-2014 was 12.3% — nearly 1.5% lower than the U.S. average of 11% for the same period. The average for serious mental illnesses among Wisconsin adults in 2013-2014 was 4.2% — identical to the national average for the same period.
Mental Health Resources for Kenosha, Wisconsin
A SAMHSA online search engine lists 11 facilities in Kenosha that offer inpatient and outpatient mental health services for children and adults. On the other hand, there are six providers of services related to substance abuse in Kenosha.
It appears that some Kenosha residents may seek healthcare in neighboring Wisconsin communities such as Racine (approximately nine miles away), Sturtevant (approximately nine miles away), Union Grove (approximately 15 miles away), and Salem (approximately 15 miles away). SAMHSA lists eight additional mental health treatment options and 14 additional substance abuse treatment options within a 15-mile radius of Kenosha, Wisconsin. As some options within a 15-mile radius of Kenosha are in Illinois, check with your health insurer before going out of state for healthcare to ensure services will be covered.
Some of the inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services available in Kenosha 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 Kenosha who live in poverty as well as the number of people who do not have health insurance (see the “Poverty and Mental Illness in Kenosha, Wisconsin” section).
Challenges of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Kenosha, Wisconsin
This website is dedicated to helping people in Kenosha, Wisconsin 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 Kenosha, Wisconsin. We provide mental health resources for residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin who would like to have therapy or another type of service from a mental health care professional.