Indicator: Depression (Youth)
Definition: Percent of youth in grades 8, 10, and 12 who felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 weeks or more in a row, that they stopped doing some of their usual activities.
Why is this important: Depression among youth may lead to failure in school, alcohol or drug use, suicide or other negative outcomes. Although depression is treatable, research estimates two-thirds of children with mental health problems do not get the help they need.
Where are we: In 2010 in Spokane County, 27% of adolescents reported being depressed. From 2006 to 2010, there was a significant decrease in the proportion of depressed adolescents. The proportion of Spokane County youth who were depressed was similar to that of Washington State in 2010 and the U.S. in 2009.
Among youth in Spokane County in 2010:
|Data Source||HYS, 2010 (grade 8,10,12)
|Geography||Spokane County||26.6% (25.6-27.6)|
|8th grade||22.9% (21.5-24.4)|
|10th grade||30.7% (28.9-32.6)|
|12th grade||27.8% (25.9-29.8)|
|Education*||< High school||39.6% (35.6-43.6)|
|High school||30.2% (27.8-32.6)|
|Some college||25.4% (23.4-27.5)|
|College graduate||21.1% (19.6-22.8)|
|* Education reflects the mother's highest education level|