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Mental Health

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Medicines used in mental health

The Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-27 aims to improve mental health services, promote mental wellbeing, prevent mental illness and achieve parity between mental and physical health. There are forty key actions grouped under five themes in the strategy:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Access to treatment and joined-up, accessible services
  • The physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems
  • Rights, information use and planning
  • Data and measurement

Medicines along with other services can be used in the treatment of various mental health conditions. The Medicines used in the mental health report and accompanying tables cover five main categories of medicines; Hypnotics and Anxiolytics (used to treat insomnia and anxiety), Antipsychotics and related drugs, Antidepressants, Drugs used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Drugs for Dementia.

This report and tables are published annually in October. The publication summary includes key points from the data tables and some key background information. The publication report includes key points and further commentary on the data, more detailed background information, and meta-data.

Medicines Used in Mental Health Publication Summary: Medicines for Mental Health 2016/17 Publication Summary Download PDF file [59Kb]

Medicines Used in Mental Health Publication Report: Medicines for Mental Health 2016/17 Publication Report Download PDF file [1Mb]

Each workbook of data tables includes patient level data as of 2009/10 at Scotland level, including data on number of patients, age, SIMD and gender. Data is also included for the last ten years (2006/07 - 2016/17) at Scotland and Health Board level on the number of dispensed items, Gross Ingredient Cost, and Defined Daily Doses.

Hypnotics and Anxiolytics Download Excel file[250Kb]

Psychoses and related disorders Download Excel file [298Kb]

Antidepressants Download Excel file [429kb]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Download Excel file [192kb]

Dementia Download Excel file [165kb]

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