Mental health is one of the 12 Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators. Mental health refers to an individual's ability
to negotiate the daily challenges and social interactions of life without experiencing undue emotional or behavioral incapacity.
Mental health and mental disorders can be influenced by numerous conditions including biologic and genetic vulnerabilities,
acute or chronic physical dysfunction, and environmental conditions and stresses. Approximately 32% of the U.S. population
is affected by mental illness in any given year.(1) The BRFSS mental health question is an attempt to obtain a global measure
of recent mental and emotional distress.
Percentage of Adults Who Reported Seven or More Days When Their Mental Health Was Not Good in the Past 30 Days by Ethnicity,
Age adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. The 2011 BRFSS data in this graph include both land line and cell phone
respondent interviews along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology
utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both
of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones
and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. This graph is based
on the new methodology. More details about these changes can be found at: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking%20impact%202011.pdf.
Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported seven or more days when their mental health was not good in the
past 30 days.
How We Calculated the Rates
Number of survey respondents who reported seven or more days when their mental health was not good in the past 30 days.
Total number of survey respondents excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure" and "Refused" responses.
Page Content Updated On 04/18/2013,
Published on 05/06/2013
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