COVID-19 mental health in Scotland: FOI release

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

Information requested

(1) What modelling has been done to assess the impact of COVID-19 on mental health of both adults and children in Scotland? Can you share the results?
(2) What data can you share on the rise of mental health referrals on a monthly basis from January 2020-February 2021?


(1) Some of the information you have requested (relating to the mental health of adults) is available from the Scottish Government’s website:

Some of the information you have requested (relating to the mental health of children) is also available from the Scottish Government website. This includes links to published impact assessments on the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people’s rights, specifically around the issue of schools being closed.

Please see links to each stage of this development below:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 

(2) While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information. The reason why we don’t have the information is explained in the Annex A to this letter.  

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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