NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators
4.1 Activities to increase prospects for employment and meaningful activities need to be targeted at people with mental health problems and those on low income or unemployed.

Unemployment is a key component of social exclusion and is associated with poor mental health.[1]

Rates of unemployment for people with mental health problems are high. For example, rates of unemployment for mental health service users ranges between 61 -73%.[2]


  1. Parkinson J (2007). Establishing a core set of national, sustainable mental health indicators for adults in Scotland: Final report. NHS Health Scotland: Glasgow.

  2. NICE (2009). NICE clinical guideline 82: Schizophrenia Core interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults in primary and secondary care. NICE: London.