Percent of Alaskans Reporting
*Frequent Mental Distress, 2001 - 2009
Source: AK DHSS DPH CDPHP Combined BRFSS (email 11/10/2010)
*14 or more days of poor mental health per month
Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey21 show the percent of Alaskan adults who self-report the number of days in the prior month that they experienced “poor mental health.
Figure HM-1 indicates that each year from 2001 to 2009, 5 to 7 percent of Alaskan adults experienced “frequent mental distress” (poor mental health for 14 or more days during the prior month). In 2009, the Alaska rate was 5.9 percent while the national rate was 10 percent.
BRFSS does not collect data from individuals living in an institutional setting. Consequently, those who are experiencing bad mental health days and are living in an institutional setting, are not included in this data.