Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Adult Mental Health
In 2016, 2% of Morrow County adults considered attempting suicide and 24% of adults used a program or service to assist with depression, anxiety, or emotional problems. Financial stress, job stress, deaths of family members or friends, poverty/lack of income, fighting at home, other stressors in the home, marital/dating relationships, caring for a parent, sick family member, unemployment, and others were listed as issues causing Morrow County adults anxiety, stress or depression.
Youth Mental Health
In 2016, 14% of Morrow County youth reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, and 6% admitted actually attempting it. 27% of youth felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks that they stopped doing some usual activities. Morrow County youth reported the following causes of anxiety, stress and depression: 1) academic success; 2) sports; 3) fighting with friends, 4) death of close family member or friend; 5) self-image; 6) peer pressure; 7) other stress such as fighting at home; 8) dating relationships; 9) break-up; 10) being bullied; 11) poverty/no money; 12) parent divorce/separation; 13) caring for younger siblings; 14) parent lost their job; and 15) other causes.
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About the Data
• Mortality data in this story was queried from the CDC Wonder API, based on the following parameters:
• UCD codes: X60-X84, Y87.0.
• CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies