Important Facts for Mental Health Related Emergency Department Visits
Includes all emergency department visits where a mental health related diagnosis was coded as the principal diagnosis in a
child or adult.
Number of mental health related emergency department visits
Total resident population
Data Interpretation Issues
An estimated 99.5% of possible ED records were received in 2008. Data is not included from psychiatric, prison, military,
veterans and other specialty hospitals.
Why Is This Important?
"Although the emergency department setting may be appropriate in crisis situations, it is not the ideal setting in which to
address mental health problems. However, the use of emergency departments for mental health care is growing. Individuals with
mental health needs are best treated with regular and comprehensive care, such as that offered through a coordinated system
of care."- North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.
Healthy North Carolina 2020
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485