Children and young people´s mental health indicators – launch event

Presentations from the launch of a set of national mental health indicators for children and young people in Scotland.

New national mental health indicators for children and young people in Scotland were launched at an event on 25 November 2011.

The indicators provide for the first time, a way to assess and monitor the mental health of Scotland’s children and young people over time. They will inform the development of the first national mental health profile for children and young people (aged from pre-birth to 17 years).


The event, at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, featured the following presentations:


Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, opens the conference and talks about the importance of the mental health indicators.

Download a transcript of Tam Baillie’s presentation.


Dr Jane Parkinson, Public Health Advisor at NHS Health Scotland, describes the indicators and how they were created.

Download a transcript of Dr Jane Parkinson’s presentation.


Geoff Huggins, head of the Scottish Government’s mental health division, responds to the mental health indicators for children and young people.

Download a transcript of Geoff Huggins´ presentation.

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Boyd McAdam, Better Life Chances Unit, Health and Social Care, explains how the mental health indicators fit with the Getting it Right for Every Child approach and the Early Years Framework

Download a transcript of Boyd McAdam´s presentation.


Derrick Bruce, Positive Behaviour Officer at Education Scotland, explains the links between the mental health indicators and Curriculum for Excellence.

Download a transcript of Derrick Bruce´s presentation.


Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer, talks about the importance of mental health in early life and taking an assets-based approach to health improvement.

Download a transcript of Sir Harry Burns´ presentation.

Alternatively, you can watch the presentations [external link] on YouTube.

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Updated 5th January 2012.