Mental Health

This health priority need was identified only in St Joseph County for Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Significant Health Need

The suicide rate per 100,000 is higher in SJC (13.4) than the nation (12.6), and Beacon Children’s Hospital reported a dramatic increase in pediatric patients hospitalized from failed-suicide attempts.

The years of potential life lost before age 75 per age-adjusted 100,000 is also higher in SJC (7,424) than the national benchmark of 5,200. SJC reported more average days of poor mental health when compared to the national benchmark (3.7 versus 2.3 out of 30 days).

Of the 549 community survey respondents, 27% reported living with someone depressed, mentally ill, or suicidal – up from 14% in 2012. Mirroring this, 21.5% of SJC respondents reported having been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (15% in 2012) and 29.2% were diagnosed with a depressive disorder (21% in 2012).

To face those challenges and meet this need, Beacon Community Health has created these focus areas and indicators to assess progress over time.

Priority Focus 1: Youth and adolescent development

Priority Focus 2: Mental health in aging populations

Priority Focus 3: Increase youth resiliency

Priority Focus 4: Increase awareness of suicide prevention


The Aging in Place (AIP) program provides health oversight and education, community resource navigation and social activities, helping the residents to live healthy, productive and independent lives....

A Community Plunge is a small event where executive, stakeholders, and community leaders come together to learn about an issue affecting the community and work together to come up with actionable solutions....

DRUMBEAT is a program provided by the ARC Alliance for youth at the Juvenile Justice Center....

The Mary Morris Leighton Lecture, an annual event organized by Beacon Community Health and sponsored by the Leighton-Oare Foundation, brings the opportunity of sharing health and wellness information with our community....