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Mental Health statistics: FOI release

Published: 9 Jun 2020

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
9 Jun 2020
Mental Health statistics: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000026953
Date received: 7 Apr 2020
Date responded: 3 Jun 2020
Information requested

The mental health and wellbeing statistics in Scotland published in The Scottish Heath Survey, IDS and CAMHS reports. I would like to know specifically the number of people suffering with mental health issues in Scotland over 2013-2019 segmented by the age brackets in the Scottish Health Survey, Child, 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74 and 75+ if possible.
Also similar to the information in the CAHMS waiting time reports, would it be possible to receive number of referrals, number of people seen and number of people rejected to mental health services for each age bracket over the same time period?'

Response

The number of people suffering with mental health issues in Scotland over 2013-2019 segmented by the age brackets in the Scottish Health Survey, Child, 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74
and 75+ if possible.

GHQ-12 score of 4+ (signs of a possible psychiatric disorder) percentages and population estimates, Scottish Health Survey  
                         
  2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018  
Age % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(1) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(2) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(3) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(4) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(5) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(6)
16-24 20 125,000 18 111,000 22 135,000 19 115,000 22 131,000 24 140,000
25-34 14 97,000 15 105,000 15 107,000 15 109,000 17 125,000 21 156,000
35-44 14 96,000 17 115,000 16 107,000 15 100,000 19 126,000 20 133,000
45-54 18 144,000 19 152,000 15 120,000 17 136,000 18 143,000 21 164,000
55-64 17 113,000 16 107,000 16 109,000 15 104,000 15 106,000 20 145,000
65-74 13 68,000 8 43,000 10 55,000 10 56,000 12 68,000 14 80,000
75+ 12 51,000 12 52,000 13 57,000 16 71,000 13 58,000 13 59,000

(1) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2013
(2) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2014
(3) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2015
(4) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2016
(5) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2017
(6) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2018

Strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ)(1) total difficulties score for children aged 4-12, percentages and population estimates, Scottish Health Survey            
Age 2013   2014   2012-2015   2013-2016   2014-2017   2015-2018  
  % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(2) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(3) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(4) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(5) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(6) % Population estimates, rounded to nearest 1,000(7)
Score of 0-13 86 432,000 86 436,000 86 445,000 86 453,000 86 457,000 85 454,000
Score of 14-16 6 30,000 5 25,000 6 31,000 6 32,000 7 37,000 7 37,000
Score of 17-40 8 40,000 9 46,000 8 41,000 8 42,000 8 43,000 8 43,000

(1) The total difficulties scores range from zero to forty, with a higher score indicating greater evidence of difficulties. There are established thresholds indicating 'normal' (score of 13 or less), 'borderline' (14-16) or 'abnormal' scores (17 or above).
(2) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2013
(3) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2014
(4) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2015
(5) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2016
(6) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2017
(7) Population estimates are based on NRS mid-year population estimates 2018

NB Data for 2019 is not yet available.

Also similar to the information in the CAHMS waiting time reports, would it be possible to receive number of referrals, number of people seen and number of people rejected to mental health services for each age bracket over the same time period?

CAMHS waiting times data is collected, held and published by Public Health Scotland (not by the Scottish Government).

The number of people seen and rejected in CAMHS or Psychological Therapies was published quarterly for each health board in Scotland over the requested time period.
https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Child-and-Adolescent-Mental-Health/
https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Psychological-Therapies/

Socio-demographic details, e.g. age, are not included in these data collections. The number of people with mental health issues out with these services is not published.

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