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18 Oct 2012

Downturn is blamed for rise in mental health issues

A report published by NHS Health Scotland today examines more than 50 indicators which help make up a picture of the nation’s mental health, covering factors such as working life and community, chronic physical health problems and misuse of alcohol or drugs.

It is the second such report, but unlike the first analysis in 2009, it now gives information on changes over time.

The statistics show a rise in alcohol dependency and deaths from drug-related causes, but a fall in suicide rates.

Most markedly, they show factors linked to possible mental health problems are vastly more prevalent in poor areas.

Living in the most deprived areas of Scotland places people at a higher risk of poor mental health, researchers concluded.

Report author Elaine Tod, from NHS Health Scotland said: “Out of 50 indicators for which inequalities analysis was possible, 42 indicated a direct link between greater socio-economic disadvantage and a poorer state of mental health.”

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