Research and evaluation

Evidence gained through research and evaluation is a vital component of improving Scotland's mental health and wellbeing. We need to know what works and what doesn't; what people want and need from services and whether programmes of work are doing what they set out to do.

 

Infants and Early Years

Growing Up in Scotland - 2010 - Topic Research Findings: Research Findings No.3/2010: Growing Up in Scotland: Maternal mental health and its impact on child behaviour and development [PDF: 176KB] (April 2010)
This document is one of a series that summarises key findings from the fourth sweep of the survey, It presents key findings from the Growing up in Scotland report, maternal mental health and it's impact on child behaviour and development.

Growing Up in Scotland: Growing Up in Scotland: Maternal mental health and its impact on child behaviour and development [PDF: 2Mb] (April 2010)
This document contains data from natural mothers interviewed at the time of the first sweep of GUS undertaken in 2005/2006. Interviews were first conducted when their baby was aged 10 months old and subsequently re-interviewed annually on three further occasions, until their children were almost four years old.

National Perinatal Mental Health Project [PDF: 859KB] (March 2011)
The remit of this Department of Health report and related studies is to facilitate a better understanding of how, and to what extent current and planned perinatal provision is capable of meeting the needs of BME women.

Issues facing parents who have mental health problems [PDF: 183KB]  (February 2010)
The paper has been produced by Outside the Box. It builds on work done with Stepping Stones who wanted to plan what sort of support they could offer to members who are parents.

Children and Young People

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Physical Activity and Mental Health in Children and Young People Executive Summary [PDF: 208kb]
(2009)
The Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland have identified physical activity and mental health as key target areas for health improvement. NHS Health Scotland commissioned a review level Evidence Briefing of the links between these key areas in children and young people.

A Practitioner's Briefing of this evidence was also produced: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Physical Actvity and Mental Health in Children and Young People Practitioners Briefing [PDF: 268kb] (2009)

NHS Health Scotland Commentary on NICE Public Health Intervention Guidance 7: Interventions in schools to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people [PDF: 102kb] (2008)
NHS Health Scotland produces Commentaries on NICE Public Health Guidance. The process involves consideration of the evidence cited and the recommendations presented in the NICE Guidance, in the context of policy and practice in Scotland.

NHS Health Scotland Commentary on NICE Public Health Intervention Guidance 12: Promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing in primary education [PDF: 179kb] (2008)
NHS Health Scotland produces Commentaries on NICE Public Health Guidance. The process involves consideration of the evidence cited and the recommendations presented in the NICE Guidance, in the context of policy and practice in Scotland.

Scottish Perspective on NICE public health guidance 20: Promoting young people's social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education [PDF: 132kb] (2010)
NHS Health Scotland produces 'Scottish Perspectives' on NICE public health guidance to enable the action recommendations, adapted or amended if considered appropriate, to be used to support the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland.

Mentally Healthy Adults

Scottish Perspective on NICE public health guidance 22: Promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions: guidance for employers [PDF: 74KB]
(2010)
NHS Health Scotland produces 'Scottish Perspectives' on NICE public health guidance to enable the action recommendations, adapted or amended if considered appropriate, to be used to support the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland.

Health and Safety Statistics 2006/07 (2009/2010)
This document gives the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in the UK.

Dame Carol Black's Review of the health of Britain's working age population: Working for a healthier tomorrow [PDF: 2.2MB] (2008)
The subject of this review is the health of people of working age, individuals whose health has consequences for families and children, workplaces and wider communities.

Managing Presenteeism: a discussion paper [PDF: 537KB] (May 2011)
This paper discusses ways in which employers might be able to respond to presenteeism based on research and experience, as exemplified in the BITC Workwell Model for creating the conditions in which people can flourish.

Health, work and wellbeing: Attitudes of GPs, line managers and the general public [PDF: 842KB] (2011) This report examines GP, employer and employee attitudes and behaviours towards health and well-being at work.

Mentally Healthy Later Life

National Care Standards:Care homes for people with mental health problems [PDF: 548KB]
(May 2011)
This report is published by the Scottish Government and provides information on national care standards in care homes for people with mental health problems.

Research Report - Process evaluation of phase one of the mental health and well-being in later life integrated health improvement development programme
This report summarises the process evaluation of phase one of the mental health and well-being in later life integrated health improvement development programme.

European Communities (2008) Mental Health in Older People Consensus Paper.
This report summarises the key issues surrounding mental health in Older People in Europe and suggests key action points and priority.

Preventing suicide and self harm

For the most up to date research and evidence on suicide and self harm, visit the Choose Life website [external site]

 

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