As the 12th largest city in the United States and a growing business center, Indianapolis’ bustling downtown lives up to its nickname as “racing capital of the world,” but its rapid pace also exacerbates the stresses and pressures of daily life. Indy is also home to a diverse population, with diverse mental health needs. According to the Indiana Behavioral Risk Surveillance System, those reporting zero days of poor mental health increased with age, income, and education. Indianapolis shows prevalent mental health concerns not simply connected to dementia and care for the elderly, but specifically in the middle-age range.
Substance abuse among less wealthy residents remains a high cause of outpatient and inpatient care. Even as alcoholism decreased over the past 15 years, methamphetamine use and other forms of substance abuse are on the rise. However, Indianapolis boasts over 388 reputable facilities, with therapists specializing in substance abuse to aid in the process of recovery, outside of the standard programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Instead of a quick rehab, therapists continue to guide patients from falling back into drugs and alcohol in the real world environment.
Depression is also an issue among the residents. From the minimum-wage employee to the CEO, stress, severe anxiety, and societal pressures lead to depression. Outside of family crisis and stress, depression is the biggest issue in the workplace. It is also the leading mental health issue in the United States, but just as prevalent are facilities to help those suffering depression lead more productive and happier lives.