NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators
4.5 Services for people with mental health problems should be inclusive and promote social inclusion.

Rationale: Health and social care services play a critical role in enabling people to work and maintain social contact, both of which are strongly associated with better mental health outcomes and reduced reliance on services. In addition, there is a statutory duty on local authorities to promote well-being and social development for those who have, or have had a mental disorder.


  1. Scottish Government (2007). With Inclusion in Mind. Scottish Government: Edinburgh.

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