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Complete Indicator Profile of Poor Mental Health Days

Definition

Poor mental health days are based on self-reported survey responses to the question: "Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?"

Numerator

Average number of days per month that survey respondents indicated that their mental health was not good

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the average number of days with poor mental health may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"The number of poor mental health days within the past 30 days is used as one measurement of a person's health-related quality of life. Poor mental health includes stress, depression, and other emotional problems and can prevent a person from successfully engaging in daily activities, such as self-care, school, work, and recreation." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2010

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2008 3.4 3.2 3.6
North Carolina 2009 3.7 3.5 4.0
North Carolina 2010 3.6 3.3 3.8
HNC 2020 Target 2008 2.8
HNC 2020 Target 2009 2.8
HNC 2020 Target 2010 2.8

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days by Ethnicity, 2010

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Hispanic Ethnicity Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
Hispanic 2.6 1.8 3.4
Non-Hispanic 3.6 3.4 3.9

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days by Race, 2010

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Race Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
White 3.6 3.3 3.9
African American 3.7 3.1 4.3
Asian 0.7 0.2 1.2
Native American 6.1 3.8 8.4
Other 2.8 1.9 3.8

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days by Sex, 2008-2010

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Males vs. Females Year Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2010 2.9 2.6 3.2
Female 2010 4.2 3.8 4.5

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days by Age, 2010

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Age Group Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-24 3.6 2.5 4.8
25-34 3.5 2.9 4.1
35-44 3.9 3.4 4.4
45-54 4.3 3.8 4.7
55-64 3.8 3.4 4.3
65-74 2.3 1.9 2.6
75+ 2.1 1.5 2.7

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days by Education, 2010

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Education Level Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 5.7 4.7 6.8
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 3.5 3.1 3.9
Some Post High School 3.8 3.4 4.3
College Graduate 2.5 2.2 2.8

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Poor Mental Health Days Among Adults in the Past 30 Days for Select Counties, 2010

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Selected Counties Average Number of Days Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 4.4 3.0 5.9
Buncombe 3.1 2.1 4.1
Cabarrus 3.3 2.1 4.4
Catawba 4.3 2.5 6.2
Cumberland 3.6 2.6 4.6
Davidson 5.1 3.6 6.6
Durham 2.5 1.8 3.1
Forsyth 3.3 2.0 4.7
Gaston 4.4 2.9 5.9
Guilford 3.1 2.5 3.7
Iredell 3.4 2.2 4.6
Johnston 4.1 2.7 5.5
Mecklenburg 3.1 2.3 3.8
New Hanover 4.9 3.4 6.3
Onslow 3.8 2.5 5.2
Orange 2.5 1.6 3.4
Pitt 2.6 1.7 3.4
Randolph 4.4 3.1 5.8
Robeson 4.0 2.7 5.2
Rowan 4.3 3.2 5.4
Union 3.2 2.1 4.3
Wake 2.8 2.1 3.4
Wayne 4.7 2.9 6.5

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 11/07/2012
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