Date lodged: 7 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the employment rates for people with mental health problems are in comparison to the general population.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 27 April 2017
Information sourced from the Annual Population Survey below shows the employment rate: for the working age population overall and for those with mental health problems.
People with mental health problems are defined as those who responded to the survey reporting :
that they had a physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expecting to last 12 months or more; and,
that their main health problem was either ‘Depression, bad nerves or anxiety’ or ‘Mental illness or suffer from a phobia, panics or other nervous disorders’.
In 2016 the employment rate for people with mental health problems was 39.0%. This compares with 72.9% for the general population.
Source: Annual Population Survey (January 2016 to December 2016)