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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08743: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

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)