NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators


6.2 Planning and design activities and strategies, regeneration activities and re-housing and housing improvement should be applied to the whole population and should target areas of deprivation, those living in poor quality housing and residential institutions.


There is growing evidence that characteristics of the built environment including housing quality, crowding, air quality and type of dwelling can have a direct effect on mental health outcomes as well as indirectly effect them through psychosocial processes.[1] People living in deprived communities are at greater risk of having mental health problems.[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. Scottish Government (2008).http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/06/09160103/0 Scottish Government: Edinburgh.