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Mental health: data introduction

A detailed report on Scotland's mental health and its context: adults 2009 was published by NHS Health Scotland in February 2009.  The report analyses 45 indicators from the national adult mental health indicator set, covering both the state of mental health and its associated contextual factors. Where possible, it also provides an analysis of time trends over the last decade and equalities analysis by age, gender and either area-based deprivation or individual socio-economic status. The second report in the series, Scotland's mental health: adults 2012, was published in October 2012 and provides an update.

A set of national mental health indicators for children and young people in Scotland has also been established.  More information is available at the NHS Health Scotland children and young people's mental health indicator web page

ScotPHO now publish the mental health data that are nationally comparable and available at local level for local authorities as mental health profiles. 

Patients with mental health problems are more likely to see their General Practitioner (GP) than have hospital contact. GP data used to be collected through the Practice Team Information (PTI) dataset, but this ceased in September 2013. 2012/13 is the last year for which PTI data are published.  A new GP information system known as the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) is in development and will supersede and build on the data collected for PTI in due course. See for more details.

ISD also publish information on Mental health hospital inpatient care, including time trends for Scotland, NHS boards and local authorities, and statistics by patient age, gender, deprivation level, urban rural status and diagnosis.


Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.

Page last updated: 29 December 2016

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