GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mesa County Public Health has released its children's health report for the 2017 year.
The report details children from as young as newly born infants to seniors in high school.
The reports details many positive trends happening, an example is how teen pregnancies are lower than previous years, but some statistics show a call to action from the community to help benefit the mental health and overall happiness of high school students in Mesa County.
The statistic that stands out amongst the rest of the report is that 4 out of 10 high school students surveyed said that they're experiencing depression throughout their day.
MCPH encourages anyone who knows a student struggling with depression to be the pair of ears that student needs to have their voice heard.
"I think this is a wake-up call for our community and especially for our public health partners that our teens really need support. Whether it's support at school, support from the community, support at home, we can do better", says Heidi Dragoo, the Epidemiology Program Manager at MCPH.
Currently, the high school graduation rate is at 77.1% to which members of MCPH say this is another area of opportunity for improvement with help from the community.
When it comes to the access of care for students in Mesa County, 69% report having a physical and dental exam within the past 12 months, with only 1 out of 4 students reported as being overweight or obese.
You can find out more by going to www.health.mesacounty.us, plus a copy of the children's health report for the 2017 year.