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Mental health - felt sad or hopeless, high school

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Felt sad or hopeless, high school by county, 2017, 2019, 2021

Why Is This Important?

Poor mental health can have serious negative outcomes for the health and development of adolescents. It has been associated with risky sexual behavior, illicit substance use, teen pregnancy, and missing or dropping out of school. Occasionally being sad or feeling hopeless is a part of every young person's life, but persistent sadness and hopelessness are often indicative of depression. Extreme depression can lead to suicidal thoughts, plans and actions. Among youth ages 10-24 years, suicide is a leading cause of death.


Percent of high school students who have experienced signs of depression in the past 12 months.

Data Source

'''Citation''': Hawaii State Departments of Education and Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Hawaii School Health Survey: Youth Risk Behavior Survey. [Chart Title, appropriate years(s)]. Published [update date]. Accessed [query date]. [URL]

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of high school students who felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some of their usual activities in the past 12 months.
Denominator:Number of high school students for whom depression can be calculated (excludes unknowns and refusals).
Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/13/2023, Published on 03/30/2023