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Number of days in the past 30 days that adults self-reported their mental health was not good.

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Poor Mental Health Days: Iowa

Iowa Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2015) 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 days that adults self-reported their mental health was not good.

Poor Mental Health Days

United States Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2015) 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 days that adults self-reported their mental health was not good.
Ranking Value State
1 2.7 Hawaii
1 2.7 South Dakota
3 2.8 Minnesota
3 2.8 Nebraska
3 2.8 North Dakota
6 3 Iowa
6 3 Kansas
6 3 Texas
9 3.1 Alaska
10 3.2 Colorado
10 3.2 Idaho
12 3.3 Maryland
12 3.3 Montana
12 3.3 Virginia
12 3.3 Wyoming
16 3.4 Nevada
16 3.4 New Jersey
16 3.4 Vermont
19 3.5 Delaware
19 3.5 New Hampshire
19 3.5 Utah
22 3.6 Arizona
22 3.6 California
22 3.6 Connecticut
22 3.6 Illinois
22 3.6 Missouri
22 3.6 North Carolina
22 3.6 Rhode Island
22 3.6 Wisconsin
30 3.7 New York
30 3.7 Washington
32 3.8 Florida
32 3.8 Maine
34 3.9 Louisiana
34 3.9 Massachusetts
34 3.9 New Mexico
34 3.9 Pennsylvania
38 4 Georgia
39 4.1 Indiana
39 4.1 Michigan
39 4.1 Ohio
39 4.1 Oklahoma
39 4.1 Oregon
44 4.2 Mississippi
44 4.2 South Carolina
46 4.4 Arkansas
47 4.5 Kentucky
48 4.6 Alabama
48 4.6 West Virginia
50 4.8 Tennessee

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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 anxiety. The 2015 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s 2014 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 2.7 days in Hawaii and South Dakota to an average of 4.8 days in Tennessee. The average number of poor mental health days in the previous 30 days for the United States is 3.7 days, unchanged from the 2014 Edition.

Public Health Impact

Poor mental health days provide a general indication of wellness, health-related quality of life, mental distress, and the burden that 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 forecasts 1-month and 12-month office visits and hospitalizations.[1] Poor mental health in extreme cases can lead to suicide, which is the 10th-leading cause of death for all ages and the second-leading cause of death in adults aged 25 to 34.[2] The medical costs of mental illness in the United States are not far behind those of heart disease and traumatic injury.[3] The annual direct and indirect costs of untreated serious mental illness as of 2013 were estimated to be $300 billion annually, an increase of $200 billion from 2003 estimates.[4], [5] 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.[6] CDC has a general resources page for mental health including a mental health services locator.

Healthy People 2020 has 12 mental health-related objectives including 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] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 10 leading causes of death by age group, United States, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/10LCID_All_Deaths_By_Age_Group_2010-a.pdf

[3]  Insel, T. Assessing the state of America’s mental health system. Testimony before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions United States Senate 2013. http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Insel.pdf. Accessed July 28. 2015.

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

[5] Insel, T. Assessing the state of America’s mental health system. Testimony before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions United States Senate 2013. http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Insel.pdf. Accessed July 28. 2015.

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