Hospitalizations for Mental Health Issues Were Rising Before Pandemic

Rate of Hospitalizations for Mental Health Issues in California From 2002 to 2019, by Age Group

Hospitalization rates for mental health issues were rising in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the rate of hospital discharges for mental health issues in California among teens ages 15 to 19 was 9.8 per 1,000 teens, a 46% increase from 2007 and more than triple the rate for children ages 5 to 14. Positive emotional health is critical to equipping young people for the challenges of growing up and living as healthy adults, yet the pandemic led to many new stressors for children, including disruptions and socioeconomic shifts These added strains have only heightened the need for funding and training to expand programs of mental wellness.


Much of the data on come from U.S. Census Bureau products as well as other federal data sources. Two upcoming webinars provide insight on these important data sources that underly our understanding of children’s health and well-being.

Learn from data users of the American Community Survey (ACS) and U.S. Census Bureau staff about key ACS data issues and applications at the “ACS Data Users Conference,” organized by the U.S. Census Bureau and PRB. This virtual event will take place May 18-20, 2021. Register here.

Learn about changes in public data and best practices in using data at “Public Data: Making Sense of the New Normal,” organized by the Association of Public Data Users. This virtual event will take place July 26-29, 2021. Register here.

Join Prevent Child Abuse America for “Transforming Our Tomorrow: 2021 Prevent Child Abuse America Virtual Conference” to explore community needs and the impacts of our work. This virtual event will take place August 10-12, 2021. Register here.

Recently Released Data

All data from the first wave of the Family Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic questionnaire are now on! See links to the latest here.

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