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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12232: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Health Survey 2016 finding that 4% more women than men exhibit mental ill-health.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 7 November 2017

The Scottish Health Survey 2016 reports that 15% of adults exhibited signs of a possible psychiatric disorder (GHQ-12 score of four or more). The reported rate is 17% for women and 13% for men. It is important to note that the rate for women has consistently been 3 to 6 percentage points higher than for men since 2003. It should also be noted that the World Health Organisation reports that anxiety and depression are more common in women than in men worldwide.

Nonetheless, these statistics show the importance of achieving the vision laid out by the Mental Health Strategy 2017-27. Our aspirations include that we will see, and be able to measure, the following for mental health compared to physical health:

  • Equal access to the most effective and safest care and treatment

  • Equal efforts to improve the quality of care

  • Allocation of time, effort and resources on a basis commensurate with need

  • Equal status within healthcare education and practice:

  • Equally high aspirations for service users

  • Equal status in the measurement of health outcomes