Depression and Suicide
  • Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.   It can significantly interfere with individual thoughts, behaviors, moods, activities, and physical health.  
  • Depression is treatable; however, if left untreated, it can lead to suicide.  
  • Environmental factors may play a big role in depression in children.
  • Depression is not a “solo” condition; it resonates throughout the entire family, and creates a significant increase in risk for depression in other family members.  When depressed mothers receive appropriate treatment, depression in their children lessens. 
Statistics
  • In 2013, 11% of adults reported poor mental health in Spokane County.  The proportion decreased as age and income increased, and non-whites were more likely to experience poor mental health than whites.  Poor mental health is defined as 14 or more days of poor mental health in the last 30 days.  (Spokane Counts 2015, Spokane Regional Health District)

  • Among youth in 2014, 33% reported being depressed in the last year in Spokane County.  Depression among youth decreased as maternal education level increased, increased as age increased, and was more likely among females, Hispanics, and multi-racial youth.  (Spokane Counts 2015, Spokane Regional Health District)  
Local Organizations