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Improve the Mental Health of the Community

As measured by the percentage of young people who felt sad or hopeless in given time period

Why Is This Important?
Metric Definition

Students in grades 9 & 11 are surveyed and data is reported as the 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. The results in this report reflect student survey responses from high schools that voluntarily participated and may not be representative of all high schools in the county.

Data Source: Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY)

Analysis

The percentage of high school students in Oakland County that have reported poor mental health has been increasing over the past five years. There is a large disparity between male and female student outcomes, with a higher percentage of female students reporting feelings of sadness or hopelessness than male students. 

Current Status

The Oakland County Executive and Board of Commissioners established the Oakland Together Mental Health and Wellbeing Nonprofit Grant Program with $10 million from the American Rescue Plan Act Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. These funds will increase the capacity of Oakland County nonprofit organizations that deliver mental/behavioral health services to meet the increased demand for services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

After the tragedy of the Oxford School Shooting, the Oakland County Executive and Board of Commissioners awarded Oakland Community Health Network up to $500,000 to reduce financial barriers faced by eligible participants of the Oxford School District in accessing mental health supports and trauma informed care. The funding initiative will cover the costs associated with deductibles and copays to ensure that any Oxford student, family member, or faculty can access the mental health services they need.

Finally, suicide is a significant public health problem and is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. The Oakland County Suicide Prevention Task Force began in 2011 in response to a cluster of youth suicides in northern Oakland County. While the Task Force initially had a youth focus, it expanded to include all age groups in 2019.

Learn More

For more information, visit the Oakland County Health Division

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