Mental health is an essential component of overall health and well being. Good mental health contributes to the ability to lead a healthy, balanced, and productive life. Emotional problems can impair a person's thinking, feelings, and behavior and, over time, can become increasingly serious and disabling. Too often mental and emotional health problems go untreated. People experiencing poor mental health may not recognize the extent of their problem or fear being stigmatized. Additionally, they may be unable to access services.
The percentage of adults surveyed who reported having no poor mental health days within the past 30 days was slightly higher in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties during the 2006-2009 three year period than during the 2002-2005 time period.
Poor mental health is a community-wide issue that cannot be addressed by public health agencies alone. Strategies to address this issue can be implemented in schools, workplaces, and community settings. Through the evaluation of existing programs and the identification of populations with increased need, different sectors can gain a better understanding of what is and is not working and develop policies to drive change.
Poor mental health includes stress, depression, and emotional problems.
Tables were created using the combined 2002-2005, 2004-2007 and 2006-2009 Oregon BRFSS. Data samples from single years at the county level are too small to be useful. Non-Age-Adjusted rates provide a description of the absolute burden of a disease or risk factor for an individual county. Age-Adjusted rates allow you to compare one region or group to another without worrying about whether differences in the rates are due to one population being, on average, older or younger than the other population. When comparing counties, use Age-Adjusted tables. Data are adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Census Population.
The geography for the mental health data is the greater Portland region which includes Clackamas County, OR; Multnomah County, OR; Washington County, OR; Clark County, WA. Please note that the geography used varies across different indicators.