Statistics to understand the need
One of the biggest reasons people don't seek help or support when they are struggling with a mental health challenge is because of the stigma and shame associated with it.
- Santa Barbara County is ranked 18th out of 58 counties in CA for high suicide rates. 
- Suicide is 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24.
- 20% of all youth, ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition.
- 90% of individuals who die by suicide had an underlying mental illness.
- 50% percent of all adults with a mental health illness experienced symptoms by age 14 and 75% emerge by age 24.
A post-COVID-19 national survey conducted by the Harris Poll found [READ FULL REPORT]:
- 81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S.
- In this stressful climate, 7 in 10 teens have experienced mental health struggles.
- 55% of teens experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.
- 61% of teens said the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.
KidsData.org • 2020
- Youth who feel more connected to school are more likely to have a stronger sense of well-being. Data on suicidal ideation among students before the COVID-19 pandemic suggest a relationship to school connectedness. Though research on suicidal ideation since the pandemic began is limited, past research linked social isolation with poor mental health among children and youth. During a time when physical interaction with educators and peers is reduced, child-serving programs become increasingly important as a means to drive social interaction and mental health well-being. Learn more >
- Every Young Heart and Mind: Schools as Centers of Wellness written by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission as recommendations to Governor Newsom. • October 2020 • READ >
- Weathering the Storms of Mental Disorders and Emotional Disturbances provided by the 2018-19 Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury • READ >
MHSOAC Transparency Suite Dashboard
Mental Health Services Act Oversight & Accountability Commission
- Suicide Incidence and Rate
This dashboard supports suicide prevention planning by increasing public access to and awareness about trends in deaths by suicide in California. Visit Striving for Zero for more information about suicide and its prevention.
- Highlighting Differences to Understand Disparities
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- Fiscal Reporting Tool
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