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Important Facts for 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

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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