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Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to mental health difficulties. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

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Poor Mental Health Days: South Carolina

South Carolina Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2013) 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 previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to mental health difficulties. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

Poor Mental Health Days

United States Poor Mental Health Days (2000-2013) 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 previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to mental health difficulties. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
0 3.8 District of Columbia
1 2.8 North Dakota
2 2.9 Hawaii
2 2.9 South Dakota
4 3 Iowa
4 3 Nebraska
6 3.1 Minnesota
7 3.2 Alaska
7 3.2 Kansas
9 3.3 New Jersey
10 3.4 Utah
10 3.4 Wyoming
12 3.5 Colorado
12 3.5 Illinois
12 3.5 Maryland
12 3.5 Virginia
16 3.6 Connecticut
16 3.6 Georgia
16 3.6 Texas
19 3.7 Delaware
19 3.7 Montana
19 3.7 Wisconsin
22 3.8 California
22 3.8 Idaho
22 3.8 Massachusetts
22 3.8 New Hampshire
22 3.8 Pennsylvania
22 3.8 Vermont
28 3.9 North Carolina
28 3.9 Washington
30 4 Arizona
30 4 Maine
30 4 Missouri
30 4 New Mexico
30 4 Tennessee
35 4.1 Louisiana
35 4.1 Michigan
35 4.1 Nevada
35 4.1 New York
35 4.1 Ohio
35 4.1 Rhode Island
41 4.2 Oklahoma
41 4.2 South Carolina
43 4.3 Indiana
44 4.4 Florida
44 4.4 Mississippi
44 4.4 Oregon
47 4.5 West Virginia
48 4.7 Arkansas
49 4.9 Kentucky
50 5.2 Alabama

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Poor Mental Health Days is the average number of days in the previous 30 days that an adult could not perform work or household tasks due to mental illness. The self-reported data relies on the accuracy of each respondent’s estimate of the number of limited activity days they experienced in the previous 30 days. The 2013 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). 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).

Poor mental health days provide a general indication of 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. Poor mental health days is an assessment of the impact of poor mental health on 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] The CDC provides links to general resources, including a mental health services locator.

The number of poor mental health days in the previous 30 days ranges from an average of 2.8 days in North Dakota to an average of 5.2 days in Alabama. The average number of poor mental health days in the previous 30 days for the United States is 3.9 days.

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.