People's City Mission Sees Increase in Mental Health Issues

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The People's City Mission is no stranger to helping people with mental health issues.

However, over the past year the agency has seen an increase in the number of people battling mental illness. Associate Director Jerry Owen says about 20 percent of the men they serve have some type of mental illness.

Owen says the Mission is seeing an increase in the number of single women dealing with mental issues.

Owen adds that the severity of the mental illnesses people are coming in with has also worsened. He says the People's City Mission is not equipped to deal with some of the cases they see.

Owen hopes that one way to help the problem is the transition with Lutheran Family Services taking over the Community Mental Health Center.

LFS has been providing adult mental health and substance abuse treatment since 1974.