Poor Mental Health

Definition: Percent of adults who self-reported that their mental health was not good on 14 or more days in the last 30 days.

Importance
The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability.

Where We Are
In 2013, 9.8% of adults in Douglas County reported 14 or more poor mental health days in the last 30 days. The percent in Douglas County was slightly higher than the State of Kansas.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013:
  • Poor mental health decreased as income increased.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
Psychological distress can affect all aspects of our lives. It is important to recognize and address potential psychological issues before they become critical. Occasional days of feeling “down” or emotional are normal, but persistent mental or emotional health problems should be evaluated and treated by a qualified professional.

Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both. Many individuals work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.
Poor Mental Health Trend Analysis
Poor Mental Health Disparity Analysis