A report into the mental health of children and young people in Scotland has been published by NHS Health Scotland.   The authors report that although mental health has broadly improved over the last decade, children and young people from poorer areas were found to have poorer mental health outcomes than those from more affluent areas.  They also found that mental wellbeing deteriorated as children got older and that boys were more likely to report happiness than girls, recommending both targeted and population-wide policies to improve gender, age and socio-economic differences in outcomes.

The report, the first of its kind, will form a baseline to measure future progress against and should help to inform decision-making in a number of areas.  It will be especially useful for those working to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people through implementation of the Early Years Framework, the Early Years Collaborative, GIRFEC and Curriculum for Excellence.

Read the Children and Young People Mental Health Indicators for Scotland, which were used to produce the report

Read the Report