NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators

2.1 The achievement of the intermediate outcomes in the five other logic models (such as increased social networks and social support, improved physical health and increased social inclusion) will contribute to an individual’s own sense of their skills, attributes and environment. This will, in turn, contribute to their own sense of meaning, purpose, optimism and hope.

The mechanism by which the intermediate outcomes in the logic models contribute to mental health outcomes is complex. The reference group suggested that one possible mechanism is through psychosocial processes which enable the person to feel optimistic, purposeful and have meaning in their lives, which is associated with positive mental health outcomes. No highly processed evidence has been identified to support this proposition.