Index: Health / Subcategory: Mental Health & Emotional Well-being

Mental Health Status

Date Updated: 08/24/2011

The following pages display data gathered from a sample of Larimer County residents, through the Health District of Northern Larimer County Community Health Survey. The survey, administered every three years, measures the health status of the community and the accessibility and quality of health care received. The data from the survey were based on 3,532 usable, self-administered questionnaires from Larimer County residents (Health District of Larimer County). Data from the survey was weighted for age, gender, and geography (north/south county split, with the exception of 2010 when geography was not weighted) using the most current Census estimates. 

What this chart shows: Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During the Past 30 Days - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During the Past 30 Days - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2010, 51.3% of respondents reported no days in the previous month where they considered their mental health to be 'Not Good.' This was a 6.9% increase from the survey done in 2007 and a 35.0% increase from the 2001 survey. In addition, the number of respondents reporting their mental health as 'Not Good' at some point during the previous month has continued to decline since 2001.

What this chart shows: Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During Past 30 Days by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During Past 30 Days by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2010, more than twice as many women (1,198) than men (517) reported their mental health as 'Not Good' at some time during the previous 30 days. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nationally, depression is more prevalent in women than in men, but the reasons remain unknown.

What this chart shows: Resident-Reported Past Depression and Other Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Resident-Reported Past Depression and Other Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What this chart shows: Resident-Reported Current Depression, Anxiety or Other Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Resident-Reported Current Depression, Anxiety or Other Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County, 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In the two charts preceding this narrative, data were gathered from survey questions that asked: 'Has a doctor EVER told you that you had any of the following health problems?' and 'Do you NOW have any of the following conditions?' These data represent those who reported past and/or current depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems.

In all four surveys, a greater proportion of females reported past and current depression, anxiety or mental health problems. This is similar to national findings which indicate that women experience depression more frequently than men (National Institute of Mental Health).

Please see 'Women and Depression: Discovering Hope' for more information about the causes and extent of gender differences in depression, and other mental illnesses.

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Data Tables:

Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During the Past 30 Days,

Larimer County

2001

2004

2007

2010

None

38.0% 39.5% 48.0% 51.3%

1-9 Days

44.0% 41.9% 35.5% 34.2%

10+ Days

18.0% 18.6% 16.5% 14.5%

See chart

Resident-Reported Mental Health as 'Not Good' During the Past 30 Days

by Gender - Larimer County

2001

2004

2007

2010

Male

56.5% 56.0% 46.7% 41.4%

Female

67.4% 65.1% 57.3% 55.8%

See chart

Resident-Reported Past Depression, Anxiety or Other

Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County

 

Depression

2001

2004

2007

2010

Male

14.7% 16.2% 12.5% 13.8%

Female

25.4% 30.2% 28.2% 25.4%
 

Other Mental Health Problems

2001

2004

2007

2010

Male

4.2% 4.8% 5.9% 4.4%

Female

5.0% 6.7% 9.8% 6.4%

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Resident-Reported Current Depression, Anxiety or Other

Mental Health Problems by Gender - Larimer County

Depression, Anxiety or Other Mental Health Problems

2001

2004

2007

2010

Male

16.5% 16.2% 12.0% 13.6%

Female

23.7% 25.6% 23.7% 21.3%

See chart