Youth Mental Health In Las Vegas: Understanding Resource Availability And Preferences

From the Born This Way Foundation: For More Info, Go Here…

From December 12, 2018 to January 3, 2019, Born This Way Foundation commissioned a study from Benenson Strategy Group surveying over 400 young people ages 13 to 24 in the Las Vegas area. We explored how they view their own mental wellness and how they think about and access key mental health services in the city.

The survey is released as Born This Way Foundation launches programming in Las Vegas and a popup activation at Park MGM, inside Park Theater where founder Lady Gaga will perform during her residency in the city. The popup, which will be open during each of Lady Gaga’s shows at the theater, will be one facet of the Foundation’s presence in Las Vegas which over the coming months will also include work in schools and throughout the community, working closely with local nonprofits and youth themselves.

Some of our key findings include:

  • Only half of high school-age youth and just a third of college-age youth rate their own mental health highly (describing it as an eight or higher on a ten-point scale), and significant portions of youth report feeling anxious (46%) or helpless or sad (41%) for “a good bit of time” or more in the past month.
  • Nearly nine in ten Las Vegas youth see mental health as a priority but half say they rarely or never talk about it. Those who do report discussing the topic are significantly more likely to turn to a friend (65%) rather than a parent/guardian (48%) or mental health professional (15%).
  • More than one in four youth say that young people in Las Vegas rarely or never have access to the resources they need to support their mental wellness or address a mental health issue. Additionally, youth are largely uncertain if they would have the resources needed to deal with many serious but common issues. For example, only about half of youth say they would “definitely” or “probably” have the resources to address feeling suicidal, if they felt like harming themselves, or if they felt unsafe at home, school, or online.
  • Young people in Las Vegas are open to using a wide variety of resources and they want to learn skills to support their mental wellness. Encouragingly, most (83%) say they are interested in learning coping skills and tools to deal with the stresses of everyday life and over 60% are enthusiastic about proactive resources such as mental health first aid courses or general mental wellness classes, reflecting a commitment to equipping themselves with the skills they need to help support positive mental health in themselves and within their communities.

Additionally, the survey reveals LGBTQ+ youth in Las Vegas are particularly vulnerable:

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