Mental Health Has Its Moments

If you've struggled this past year, you're not alone

About four in 10 US adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression during the pandemic, up from one in 10 the previous year.* The good news is more people are seeking behavioral health care, many for the first time. 

“This pandemic played a role in reducing the stigma of seeking treatment for mental health,” said Chelsea Hunter, LIMHP, LCSW, Manager of Behavioral Outpatient Integrated Services for CHI Health. In the first few months alone, calls to CHI Health Behavioral Health Help Lines increased by 35%.

That casual question among friends – “How are you doing?” – became a key question in clinics.

“Patients would come in for acute sick visits, which opened the door to conversations around the depression and anxiety they were dealing with,” said Hunter.

Help is closer than you think. CHI Health is the largest provider of Behavioral Health Services in Nebraska and Iowa with care options that work for you. 

Mental health in primary care clinics

When you see your doctor for health issues, mental health providers are also available for on-the-spot assessments and care recommendations. 

Virtual Care or Zoom options allow patients to talk to a mental health provider from the comfort of home. Now as many as one in two behavioral visits are conducted virtually. No matter where you live, CHI Health can connect you to a mental health provider.

Our Virtual Care and Telehealth locations in rural areas ensure that no one has to suffer. Even if you don't see mental health services in your community, there’s a CHI Health option for you.


Instant help for your struggle

Asking for help can be a big step. That’s why we have Mental Health providers available onsite as part of our team-based approach to care at select CHI Health Clinics.

“Being onsite and available the moment a patient expresses a need or interest is so valuable in getting to the next step toward vital, even lifesaving services. We really focus on putting the patient at ease,” said Chelsea Hunter, LIMHP, LCSW Manager of Behavioral Outpatient Integrated Services for CHI Health.

Coming soon: Mental Health Center for Children & Families

CHI Health provides mental health care for more than 6,000 children annually with the most child and adolescent psychiatrists in the region. Now we’re making our vision for a one-stop center of excellence where the focus is on the child and healing the entire family.


Happier = Healthier

Mental health care isn’t just for pandemic stress. It can help a 50-something facing divorce. A young adult wrestling with anxiety. An adolescent acting out at school. Anyone dealing with a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, can also experience depression and benefit from short-term counseling. For more serious conditions, longer-term services can completely turn a life around.

Help is available 24/7.

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If you are a danger to yourself or others, or know someone who is.

Call 24/7 for help and/or referral:


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Help is closer than you think.


Chelsea Hunter, LCSW, LIMHP

Mental Health Therapy