Scotland’s mental health: Children and young people 2013

Last month NHS Health Scotland released a report that provides the first systematic assessment of mental health in Scotland, presenting the context for children and young people. It analyses 73 indicators including measures of mental health and wider factors such as family and education. The findings suggest that there are extensive inequalities in health outcomes in terms of gender, age and geographical area – with the paper concluding that there are substantial opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for children in Scotland. This report is a long read but it may be particularly useful to those who are interested in a detailed breakdown of the assessment methods, indicators and outcomes used by public health.

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