An assessment of mental health needs in South Dakota broke down geographic classifications into urban, rural, isolated and reservation areas.
An assessment of mental health needs in South Dakota broke down geographic classifications into urban, rural, isolated and reservation areas.
Helmsley Charitable Trust chart
Jun 3, 2016

Study IDs Where Mental Health Needs Lie in SD

A survey of mental health and substance abuse across South Dakota provides previously unavailable data to healthcare providers and policymakers, reports the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The survey, conducted in 2013 with more than 8,000 South Dakotans, produced the report Focus on South Dakota: A Picture of Health released in 2015. The survey identified areas in the state with higher prevalences of mental and behavioral health needs that also had low access to this type of care. 

"The South Dakota health survey provides unpecedented statewide survey data on regional patterns of behavioral health prevalence and access to care," reads the report's executive summary. "The findings are intended to help local stakeholders plan and implement health service interventions that meet the needs of South Dakota communities." 


Primary Care Access in SD chart Helmsley trust


The survey broke results down by geographic type -- urban, rural, isolated and reservation. While residents who lived on or near Indian reservations reported higher rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder than any of the other categories, they also reported less access to healthcare. 

Screened Positive for Current Mental Health Symptoms

Depression 5.6%   6.3% 4.3% 5.5%  8.2%
Anxiety  7.4%   7.8% 7.7% 5.6% 10.3% 
 PTSD 6%  6.4%  4.8% 5.9% 10.3% 






Access to Care

  Statewide  Urban  Rural  Isolated Reservation
  Have Primary Care Provider 77.4%  78.6%   81.6% 74.2% 48.3%
  All Needed Medical Care Received   87% 87.8%  88.8%  86.7% 65.8%
  All Needed Mental Health Care Received 64.2%  68%  62.6%  62.3% 39.1%
  All Needed Substancer Use Care Received 54.4% 56.7% 64.1% 32.7% 37.5%







This is the first in a series of posts detailing the findings of the Focus on the South Dakota: A Picture of Health survey, conducted by the Helmsley Charitable Trust in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University



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