in Western North Carolina
in Western North Carolina
Why is mental health a key health issue in western North Carolina?
There has been a steady increase in the percent of adults in WNC reporting that they are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with life - from 5% in 2012 to 11% in 2018.
In general, how satisfied are you with your life? (Very Satisfied; Satisfied; Dissatisfied; or Very Dissatisfied)
"Dissatisfied" includes those who answered either dissatisfied and very dissatisfied.
What do the numbers say about mental health?
Western North Carolina (WNC) Data:
Approximately 11% of adults in WNC are dissatisfied with life. The following adult populations were significantly more likely to be dissatisfied with life in 2018:
- Adults aged 18-39 (16.5%)
- Very low income (26%) or low income (16.9%)
- Those identifying as Hispanic (16.6%)
Differences in health outcomes across social groups, economic status, and racial/ethnic identity are closely linked with disparities in social determinants of health, which disproportionately burden individuals and communities who experience systemic disadvantage and/ or discrimination. See our data story on the social determinants of health to learn more about how the conditions in which people are born, live, work, play, learn, worship, and age can influence their ability to achieve good health for themselves and their families.
The percent of adults in WNC reporting that they “always or usually” get the social and emotional support they need has declined from 81% in 2012 to 75% in 2018.
The percent of adults in WNC reporting that they did not get the mental health care or counseling that they needed in the past year has risen from 7% in 2012 to 12% in 2018.
The percent of adults in WNC reporting greater than 7 days of poor mental health in the past month has risen from 14% in 2012 to 19% in 2018.
State and National Findings:
In 2013-2014, a survey of North Carolinians found that almost 5% of adults had a serious mental illness within one year of being surveyed. This was an increase from the previous survey that took place 2010-2011.
What did the region say is the story behind the mental health numbers?
Source: WNCHN - Online Key Informant Survey, 2018
The items below are paraphrased themes that emerged from a 2018 regional survey of key informants. These responses do not necessarily:
•Reflect accurate or scientifically validated
information about health determinants, outcomes, and/or strategies for change,
•Represent an exhaustive list of factors that can help or hurt efforts to address this key regional health issue.
The information in this section should be interpreted and used with care. It should be used only to help local health departments and agencies begin to understand community perceptions about local health issues. Communities are strongly encouraged to collect their own, local-level data to inform local planning and evaluation activities.