Introduction The Healthy Community Council (HCC) is a nonprofit community-based network composed of over 100 local stakeholders representing both public and private organisations within the community. The HCC has been working to improve the health of the community by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities and assisting in the implementation of programs and initiatives. Methodology: A grant was obtained from the Coalition for a Healthier Community based on a 2006 HCC assessment data. A recent community needs assessment was conducted in 2010 using cross-sectional techniques. Data were collected and analysed from a random sample of community members. The HCC assessment data were analysed to evaluate mental health among women 18 years of age and older.
Results Eleven per cent of women stated that they had experienced intense stress, depression, and/or difficulty managing your emotions for at least 2 weeks or more. Approximately, 10% of women stated that they sought assistance from a counsellor for mental health purposes. Another 6% stated that they had difficulty obtained needed mental healthcare within the community. Women (10%) in the community identified family counselling as their main need among a list of services. Social support networks were also assessed. Women stated that they turned to family (73%), friends (59%) and a spouse or partner (48%) in times of need.
Conclusions Data from the HCC assessment on mental health of women in the community can be utilised to identify needs and establish priorities. The data are beneficial in planning for mental health services within the community.
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