APH 2001, 59, 347-357:

Analyse des données «santé mentale» de l'enquête nationale de santé, Belgique 1997.  "Mental health data" analysis from the national health survey, Belgium 1997.

F. Kittel, M. Ribourdouille and M. Dramaix

Keywords: Belgium, epidemiology, health surveys, mental health, prevalence

A secondary analysis of data relevant for mental health extracted from the data collected by the National Health Survey in 1997 has been per­formed. A subsample of individuals aged 15 years and more, namely only those subjects having a CHO score (General Health Questionnaire 12 items), were included in the analysis (N = 8184). The other “mental health” indicators considered are: depression during the last 12 months, and psychotropic drug consumption (tranquillizers, sleep inducing pills, antidepressants) the last 2 weeks.

This study aimed to answer following questions:
* What is the mental health state of the population ?

Is it possible to determine some subgroups at risk for mental health problems ?

Do people from the Brussels-Capital Region having mental health problems present more medical consumption, and if so which ones?

In the present article a selection of relevant findings are presented.

A less favourable situation in terms of mental health appears for Brussels-Capital and Waionia in comparison to Flanders, indicating most probably socio-economic and cultural differences

Mental health indicators are associated with socio-demographic and behavioral variables as well as with satisfaction of social contacts, under­lining the close relationship between mental, physical and social health.