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Indicator Report - Poor Mental Health Days

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.

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

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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 

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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?"

How We Calculated the Rates

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

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