NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators

3.4 Community-based services and activities to promote social support should be provided universally and targeted at vulnerable populations such as carers and older adults.


Providing community-based services to vulnerable populations such as those with mental health problems, carers and older adults is important because they are at risk of social isolation.[1, 2]


  1. Social Inclusion Report (2004). Mental Health and Social Exclusion: Social Exclusion Unit Report. HMSO: London.

  2. Lee, M. 2006. Promoting mental health and well-being in later life: A first report from the UK enquiry into mental health and well-being in later life. Age Concern and the Mental Health Foundation.