Mental Health Data
We work towards the goal of having a mentally healthy and suicide-free community. To do this, we actively use data to support our work. Data provides some insights on the health outcomes we are addressing with our partners to improve mental health and prevent suicide.
COVID-19 and Youth Mental Health
The pandemic has created many challenges for all of us. Many of the things that help children and adolescents thrive and cope with mental health challenges – like consistent routines, access to trusted adults outside of the home, in-person education, extracurricular activities –shifted in major ways.
We know that mental health challenges are always complex and may be influenced by a lot of things happening in our lives. Using data to understand how these things change and affect us is key to identifying effective ways to address these challenges for our children, families, and communities.
Real-Time Mental Health Data (Syndromic Surveillance Data)
The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) promotes and advances development of a syndromic surveillance (SyS) system for the timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data (clinical and nonclinical data). SyS data is used to improve situational awareness and enhance responsiveness to hazardous events and disease outbreaks to protect community’s health, safety, and security.
Monthly Data Reports*
View the monthly hospital visits data for select mental health and substance use indicators. This report was created for parents, professionals, and community members who interact with or serve youth and adults who are affected by mental health conditions and substance use. The data should only be used for identifying patterns of ED visits (e.g., unusual changes), or to understand relative differences between youth and adults or between different geographic areas (i.e., counties). In order to provide the most complete data, these monthly reports are created during the following two weeks after the end of the indicated month (i.e. a report updated through January would be created and posted mid-February).
Population Mental Health Data
View more population data, including maps and infographics.
*Limitations of Syndromic Surveillance
We have been collecting timely syndromic surveillance data for situational awareness, enhanced response to hazardous events, and disease outbreaks since 2013.
Syndromic surveillance, while timely and thorough, has some limitations. The Sys employs search tools to identify cases based on their free text fields (chief complaint and triage notes) and/or discharge diagnosis codes (ICD-10). Chief complaints are not diagnoses, and the free text fields may contain spelling errors or abbreviations.
Additionally, the data presented in these reports reflect non-fatal hospital visits (emergency department and some inpatient), and some patients may be counted multiple times (for multiple visits) over the analysis period. Syndromic surveillance data are not a representative sample of the population and are not intended to characterize the true burden of the selected health indicators in the community.