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Number of days in the past 30 adults reported their mental health was not good. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

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Poor Mental Health Days: Iowa

Iowa Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2014) see more
  • Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to mental health difficulties.
  • Number of days in the past 30 adults reported their mental health was not good. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

Poor Mental Health Days

United States Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2014) see more
  • Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to mental health difficulties.
  • Number of days in the past 30 adults reported their mental health was not good. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
1 2.5 South Dakota
2 2.7 Hawaii
2 2.7 North Dakota
4 2.9 Iowa
4 2.9 Minnesota
6 3 Nebraska
7 3.1 Alaska
7 3.1 Kansas
9 3.2 Texas
9 3.2 Wyoming
11 3.3 Colorado
11 3.3 Maryland
11 3.3 Montana
11 3.3 New Jersey
11 3.3 Vermont
11 3.3 Virginia
17 3.4 Georgia
18 3.5 Connecticut
18 3.5 New Hampshire
18 3.5 Utah
18 3.5 Wisconsin
22 3.6 Delaware
22 3.6 North Carolina
24 3.7 Idaho
24 3.7 Illinois
24 3.7 Nevada
24 3.7 New Mexico
24 3.7 New York
24 3.7 Tennessee
30 3.8 California
30 3.8 Maine
30 3.8 Massachusetts
30 3.8 Missouri
30 3.8 Ohio
30 3.8 Rhode Island
30 3.8 South Carolina
30 3.8 Washington
38 3.9 Arizona
38 3.9 Michigan
40 4 Indiana
40 4 Pennsylvania
42 4.1 Florida
43 4.2 Louisiana
44 4.3 Mississippi
44 4.3 Oklahoma
44 4.3 Oregon
47 4.4 Alabama
47 4.4 Arkansas
47 4.4 West Virginia
50 4.5 Kentucky

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Overview

Poor Mental Health Days is the average number of days in the previous 30 days adults report their mental health was not good. Mental health includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions. The 2014 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, poor mental health days from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).

The number of poor mental health days in the previous 30 days ranges from an average of 2.5 days in South Dakota and 2.7 days in North Dakota and Hawaii to an average of 4.5 days in Kentucky. The average number of poor mental health days in the previous 30 days for the United States is 3.7 days.

 

 

Poor mental health days provide a general indication of wellness, health related quality of life, mental distress, and the burden that more serious mental illnesses place on the population. A healthy mental state is essential to overall positive health and wellness. The number of poor mental health days is also a predictor of future health as it predicts 1-month and 12-month office visits and hospitalizations.[1] In extreme cases, poor mental health can lead to suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages and the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds.[2] The medical costs of mental illness are estimated to be approximately $100 billion annually.[3] Although occasional short periods of mental distress and a few poor mental health days may be unavoidable, more prolonged and serious episodes are treatable and preventable through early interventions.[4] CDC has a general resources page for mental health, including a mental health services locator.

Healthy People 2020 has 12 mental health-related objectives, which include a leading health indicator to reduce the suicide rate.



[1] Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Relationship of health-related quality of life to health care utilization and mortality among older adults. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2002;14:499-508.

[2] Hoyert DL, Xu J. Deaths: Preliminary data for 2011. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2012;61(6).

[3]Mark TL, Levit KR, Buck JA, Coffey RM, Vandivort-Warren R. Mental health treatment expenditure trends, 1986– 2003. Psychiatric Services. 2007;58:1041–1048.

[4] Moriarty DG. Geographic patterns of frequent mental distress: US adults, 1993–2001 and 2003–2006. Am J Prev Med. 2009;36(6):497. Bottom of Form