NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators

5.7 Activities to address financial insecurity and debt should be universal and should also target those with or at risk of mental health problems, debt or insecure incomes. Awareness raising on debt/financial insecurity and mental health should target professionals assessing and managing debt and/or mental health problems and providing financial support and services.

Poor mental health is associated with unemployment, low income or low material standard of living. People with mental health problems are more likely to have debt and, those with mental health problems and debt take longer to recover.1 2 Conversely people experiencing financial strain are more likely to experience mental health problems.1


  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. Jenkins R et al (2008). Debt income and mental disorder in the general population. Psychological Medicine, 38 (10):1485-1493.