Needs Assessment

Supporting Community Connections Community Needs Assessment

G.O.A.L.S engaged African American Community members across all ages, genders and sexual orientations in order to perceived needs and strategies to help African American suicide.  G.O.A.L.S also assessed for the appropriateness of a phone support service as an effective strategy to reduce isolation for African American Community members across all age groups, genders and sexual orientation. .

G.O.A.L.S For Women developed and distributed a survey to the African American community.   The completed surveys gathered and sent to Sacramento County Mental Health, Research, Evaluation and Performance Outcomes Unit (REPO) for analysis.

Key Major findings that informed our identified scope of services

  • The respondents came from all age groups and the highest was from the 16-25 age group (55.1%)
  • 76.5% of respondents reported they sing, rap or put feelings into spoken word to feel better.
  • 74.7% of respondents reported marital status as single
  • 73.8% of respondents report they pray or go to God to get help or feel better.
  • 66.6% of respondents report they get help from family member to feel better
  • 60.5% of respondents self identified as biracial or multiracial/black.
  • When respondents were asked if they would seek help from a telephone support line, 68.1% reported no, 26.1% reported yes and 5.8% reported “don’t know”.
  • 47.1% of respondents reported they have felt deep emotional pain or difficulty over the death of a loved one.
  • 45.1% of respondents reported feeling deep emotional pain or difficulty from losing a job/not having money or a well-paying job.
  • 42.2% of respondents reported they would prefer or be open to trying a safe and supportive “kitchen table talk” race/ethnic, gender, age, or cultural support group that is African American/Black experienced focused.
  • 24.7% of respondents reported they had felt, thought about or even tried to commit suicide when things got really painful and 28% of respondents reported they had access to lethal means.

Other Major Findings

  • Over half of the respondents who completed the survey were female (56.1%).
  • Over half of the respondents (51.8%) reported living in south Sacramento.
  • 59.2% of respondents reported their employment status as unemployed.
  • 85.2% of respondents reported being housed and 14.8% were homeless
  • 47.7% of respondents reported being a parent or grandparent.
  • 30.7% of respondents reported living in a poor/disadvantage neighborhood has brought them deep emotional pain or difficulty.
  • 29.6% of respondents reported family stressors as something that brought them pain, hopelessness or fatigue.
  • 44.7% of respondents reported they would prefer or be open to trying a safe and trusting faith-based support group.
  • 39.2% of respondents felt motivation would make it easier or possible for them to use these kinds of supports or to participate in these kinds of activities.
  • 36.1% of respondents felt they needed insurance or money to pay for these kinds of supports or to participate in these kinds of activities.
  • 35% of respondents felt transportation would make it easier or possible for them to participate.

The information gathered from respondents was utilized to enhance or modify our identified scope of service(s) and selection of targeted outcomes:

Targeted Program Outcomes:

  • Increased access to and linkage with needed services (such as support services, crisis services, benefits acquisition etc.); 
  • Increased knowledge of available resources and supports
  • Enhanced connectedness and reduced isolation.
  • Reduction of risk factors and enhancement of protective factors;

For more information, contact: Gwen Wilson, LCSW, Program Director – 916/285-1839 or gwen@goalsforwomen.com