Date lodged: 14 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors the mental health of (a) children and young people, (b) children in care, (c) care-experienced young people, (d) people over 65, (e) disabled people, (f) black and minority ethnic (BME) people, (g) trans people, (h) lesbian, gay and bisexual people, (i) Gypsy/Travellers, (j) prisoners and (k) prisoners' children.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 28 November 2018
The Scottish Government monitors the mental health of the population as a whole via the Scottish Health Survey , with additional information available for some smaller groups from the Scottish Survey’s Core Questions . It is not possible to break the survey data down for all of the groups mentioned due to the relatively small size of some groups. The surveys cover the private household population and hence do not provide information in relation to prisoners.
Information collected by NHS boards, third sector organisations and other interest groups also inform the Scottish Government’s understanding of the mental health of the population, especially when it comes to minority groups.