Good Mental Health
Felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 weeks or more in a row during the past 12 months (Grades 6-8)
Significance of this indicator:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, youth with depression and anxiety are more likely than youth experiencing less or no depression and anxiety to:
Engage in more risk behaviors during adolescence and not earn a high school diploma;
As young adults they connect less with school and/or labor market and earn less money;
By age 24, these youth are more likely to have committed a crime; and
Females are more likely to have a biological child at age 18.
How we are doing:
The proportion of middle school students in Pueblo City Schools who reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks in the past 12 months is the lowest in four years (23.9 percent.) Although the proportion of Pueblo City School’s high school students was at a three year low in 2011, the number increased slightly by 1% in 2012.
In 2011, a higher proportion of Pueblo City Schools' high school students reported experiencing depression than students across the state (28.5 percent for Pueblo v. 21.9 percent for Colorado). The percentage for Colorado as a whole has not been reported for 2012.
Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools. Pueblo's middle school numbers only include grades 7 and 8, whereas Colorado's middle school numbers include grade 6.
Pueblo County's numbers for this indicator are less than that of Pueblo City School's numbers in 2012. Pueblo County is approximately 8 percentage points lower than Colorado as a whole.
According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), the proportion of high school students in Pueblo County who reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks in the past 12 months is higher than students across the state (34.5 percent for Pueblo v. 29.5 percent for Colorado). Both were higher than those were reported for 2013.
What the data tell us:
Percent of students who made a plan about how they would attempt suicide during the past 12 months.
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.
Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall. When Colorado began collecting data from middle school students in 2011, the survey did not include this question.