Find a Therapist in South Dakota
Welcome to the South Dakota therapist directory at GoodTherapy.org. Our directory is the fastest and safest way to find a good counselor or therapist in South Dakota cities. We only include professional therapists, counselors, and psychologists whose work accords, in attitude and orientation, to the elements of good therapy. Find a therapist or counselor in your South Dakota zip code, or click on the links below to see the counselors in your city:
Mental Health Matters in South Dakota
858,469 people resided in South Dakota in 2015. The state population is estimated to be 85.5% white, 1.8% black, 8.9% American Indian and Alaskan Native, and 1.4% Asian. Residents under 18 years represent 24.6% of the population, while elderly residents age 65 or older represent 15.7%. Roughly 49.7% of the population is female. From 2010-2014, the median household income for South Dakota residents was $50,338.
Approximately 6,320 state residents were working in community aid and social service occupations, earning an average annual wage of $38,720.
Mental Health in South Dakota
n the 2016 Mental Health America (MHA) report on the state of mental health, South Dakota received a rank of 5th for overall mental health, a top-10 placement indicative of low prevalence of mental health issues and high access to mental health care. Therapists in South Dakota and research members from Mental Health America believe this high overall rank is related to a series of social factors, such as low rates of toxic chemical release, low rates of unemployment, and low rates of homelessness in the state. South Dakota also received high scores in other mental health categories—finishing 12th in adult ranking, 4th in youth ranking, 5th in prevalence of mental health and substance abuse issues, and 8th in access to mental health services.
South Dakota has the sixth-lowest percentage of adults with adverse mental health conditions, with 17.1% of individuals in the state affected. In the category of adults with serious thoughts of suicide, South Dakota was ranked 9th; however, the use of addictive substances among the adult population is a significantly more pressing concern, with the state ranking 35th in this category. The prevalence rates of depression and substance abuse issues among younger residents in South Dakota are lower than in most other states. The 2016 MHA survey listed South Dakota 8th for young people experiencing substance abuse, 6th for young people with a major depressive episode in the past 12 months, and 15th for young people with severe depression symptoms. Mental Health America claims there are 664 residents per mental health provider or therapist in South Dakota.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Behavioral health barometer: South dakota, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/State_BHBarometers_2014_2/BHBarometer-SD.pdf
United States Census Bureau. (2015). Quick facts: South dakota. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/46