"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
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.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics
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
How We Calculated the Rates
Average number of days per month that survey respondents indicated that their mental health was not good
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
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485