Bernalillo County Health Highlights: Percentage of Students Who Felt Sad or Hopeless Almost Every Day
Mental Health: Youth Feeling Sad/Hopeless
Bernalillo County Compared to State
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Description of the Dashboard GaugeThis "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?According to results from the 2006-2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 9.1% of New Mexico youth 12-17 years old had at least one major depressive episode in the past 12 months. Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness are a risk factor for depression. Students who reported these feelings of sadness or hopelessness were more likely than other students to report suicide attempts, cigarette smoking, binge drinking and illicit drug use.
Percentage of Students Who Felt Sad or Hopeless Almost Every Day by County, New Mexico, 2001-2009
NoteThe Sandoval county rate has been suppressed because it is not representative of Sandoval County. The NM, overall, value was calculated from the standard CDC YRRS dataset and is consistent with the rates found on the CDC Website. The county values were calculated from a special New Mexico dataset that has a larger survey sample size. The U.S. Value is for 2009.
Data SourcesNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
Measure Description for Mental Health: Youth Feeling Sad/Hopeless
Definition: Percentage of students who felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities during the past 12 months
Numerator: Number of surveyed students who felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities during the past 12 months
Denominator: Total number of survey respondents except those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses.
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Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/10/2011