An Overview of Mental Health in Farmington Hills, Michigan
A community of 81,154 people and the second-largest city in Oakland County, Farmington Hills, Michigan is an upscale northwestern suburb of Detroit and 20 miles from Ann Arbor. According to Census Bureau estimates from 2017, it is the 12th largest city in the state of Michigan.
In 2015, online financial news publication 24/7 Wall St ranked Farmington Hills 14th in a list of the best cities to live in the United States. Despite its proximity to the Detroit Metropolitan Area, Farmington Hills also ranks consistently as one of the safest U.S. cities.
Farmington Hills Demographics
The median age of residents is 45.1 years, which is slightly higher than the median for the state of Michigan at 39.7 years. Ethnically, the majority of Farmington Hills residents are white at 62.9 percent. The next most represented races are black/African American at 19.6 percent and Asian at 11.7 percent. People identifying as Hispanic represent 2.8 percent of the population of Farmington Hills, and 2.7 percent identify as two or more races.
Farmington Hills is a prosperous area. Its estimated median household income of $71,100 outstrips the median for the entire state of Michigan, estimated at $52,492. Sixty percent of the Farmington Hills population who lives in poverty is white, though that may be because it is the most represented ethnic group. However, the poverty rate of Farmington Hills is relatively low at approximately 8 percent in 2016, compared to about 12 percent for the entire country in the same year.
Approximately 52.4 percent of the Farmington Hills population is female. Female students are most likely to graduate from one of the community’s two institutions of higher learning: Dorsey Business Schools and the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. The two institutions together graduated a total of 101 females and only 14 males in 2015. Ironically, female residents also represent the largest demographic living in poverty.
In 2016, nearly twice as many people in Farmington Hills, at about 29 percent, held a bachelor’s degree than in Michigan as a whole at about 17 percent.
Mental Health Concerns in Farmington Hills
Based on the available data, Farmington Hills is a relatively healthy community both physically and mentally. Nevertheless, every community has its mental health concerns, and Farmington Hills is no exception.
Geography and Climate: With its northerly location and stormy winter weather, Oakland County, where Farmington Hills is located, counts seasonal affective disorder as one of its most common mood disorders. Seasonal affective disorder often correlates with the change of seasons from spring and summer to autumn and winter and is characterized by symptoms of hopelessness, social withdrawal, daytime fatigue, carbohydrate craving and weight gain.
Drug Abuse: Though information for specifically for Farmington Hills is not available, drug abuse is a fairly significant problem for the state of Michigan, with 24.4 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in 2016 and 18.5 of them specifically related to opioid use.
Risky Behaviors: HIV diagnoses are relatively high in Oakland County, with 180.2 diagnoses per 100,000 in 2017. Oakland County also demonstrates a moderate to moderately high number of chlamydia diagnoses with 283.4 per 100,000 people.
Divorce Rate: In 2017, there were 7,127 marriages in Oakland County and 3,404 divorces. In other words, for every two marriages that took place in the county there was one divorce. The divorce rate for Oakland County was 5.4 divorces for every 1,000 people, approximately equal with the statewide rate of 5.6.
Mental Health Resources in Farmington Hills
The fact that the Michigan School of Professional Psychology is located in Farmington Hills suggests that the community values and understands the importance of mental health. However, it is not known what mental/behavioral health services, if any, are available from the school itself.
For those who may not be able to afford the costs of treatment, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has put together an online resource for finding free or low-cost mental health care anywhere in the state.
There are both inpatient and outpatient mental health programs located in or near Farmington Hills:
You Are Not Alone
If you are living with mental illness in Farmington Hills, Michigan, there is no need for you to suffer alone and in silence. Help finding a local therapist or counselor is available through the E-Counseling.com directory.