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Mental Health: key points

  • Two aspects of mental health are considered here: mental wellbeing (positive mental health) and mental health problems.
  • In 2015, on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS) that measures mental wellbeing among adults and teenagers, the mean score for Scottish adults aged 16+ was 49.9. WEMWBS runs from 14 (the lowest level of wellbeing) to 70 (the highest).
  • The mean life satisfaction score for Scottish adults aged 16+ in 2014 was 7.8, on a scale of zero (extremely dissatisfied) to 10 (extremely satisfied). Levels of life satisfaction have not changed significantly since 2002.  
  • In 2004, 8.3% of children in Scotland aged 5-15 had a clinically recognised emotional or behavioural mental health problem.
  • In 2000, prevalence of neurotic disorders in the Scottish population was around 141 cases per 1,000 adults. Women had a higher prevalence than men for neurotic disorders.
  • Adult mental health (mental wellbeing and mental health problems) and its associated contextual factors in Scotland can be summed up as broadly stable (between 1998 and 2009), with a promising level of positive change and only a small, but important, number of negative trends.
  • Adult mental health (mental wellbeing and mental health problems) outcomes are distributed unevenly across the Scottish adult population, with inequalities evident for age, gender, deprivation and socioeconomic status.

Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in November 2016.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end December 2017.
Page last updated: 22 December 2016

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