Health Outcomes

Frequent mental distress

Percentage of adults who reported their mental health was not good 14 or more days in the past 30 days

About this data measure

  • Good health includes physical, social, and mental health. Frequent mental distress is a marker of both quality of life and the burden of mental illness.
  • Since 2017, the prevalence of frequent mental distress among Rhode Island adults has decreased. However, this prevalence increased from 2018 to 2019 and this is expected to continue to increase due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Higher prevalence of frequent mental distress is associated with lower incomes and less educational attainment.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC

Frequent mental distress over time

Frequent mental distress demographic breakout