Changing places and mental health: do changes in perceptions of neighbourhood influence anxiety and depression in adults?

Published on: Author: Jon Olsen

by Dr Jon Olsen, Research Associate with the Neighbourhoods and Communities programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow Mental health problems are a global issue. In 2013 over 615 million individuals suffered from anxiety and/or depression across the world, a rise of 50% since 1990. How people experience their… Continue reading

Data, Government, and a Little Bit of Cake – My Internship Story

Published on: Author: Megan Yates

Unit PhD student Megan Yates is in her third year of her postgraduate studies and recently worked at the Scottish Government as part of an internship organised through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Megan explains her experience working alongside analysts working at the heart of government. In September I returned to my PhD… Continue reading

All the latest on health in Scotland

Published on: Author: Linsay Gray

by Dr Linsay Gray, Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at University of Glasgow; Joanne McLean, Research Director (Health), ScotCen Social Research Are you curious about health in Scotland? Maybe you’d like to know how trendy vaping really is or wonder if teetotallers are a thing of the past. The latest… Continue reading

Post-school education: a large-scale behaviour-change intervention?

Published on: Author: Michael Green

by Dr Michael Green, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Young people make life-changing decisions as they move from youth into adulthood. Often this means taking on new roles as employees, parents, or living with a partner. Over the past few… Continue reading

The link between population health and health inequality

Published on: Author: Frank Popham

by Frank Popham, Senior Research Fellow with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. This page was originally posted on his blog, Frank Popham – Social Scientist and Population Health. It is open access (CC BY 4) Is life expectancy increasing? Is health inequality decreasing?… Continue reading

To Understand Place, Sometimes You Need to Go Places

Published on: Author: Jon Olsen

by Dr Jon Olsen, Research Associate with the Neighbourhoods and Communities programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit I recently spent a week as a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Built Environment and Health (BEH) research group at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. My visit was funded by the University… Continue reading

Risky Business? The health of young people who are not in education, training, and employment

Published on: Author: Catherine Stewart

by Dr Catherine Stewart, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit It is now said that one in two people in Great Britain will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Half of us. A startling figure that refocuses efforts to address… Continue reading

Does social class hold clues to patterns of smoking, drinking and psychiatric distress?

Published on: Author: Michael Green

by Dr Michael Green, Research Associate with the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit If I told you that young people who smoke or drink heavily suffer more from anxiety and depression, what explanation might you offer for that? Some might think those with poor… Continue reading

Being a PhD Student

Published on: Author: Ian MacNeill

At the start of the year many are considering the benefits of further study and embarking on a career in research. PhD Student Ian MacNeill, who has just completed his first year with the Unit, reflects on his experiences to offer some advice. By Ian MacNeill, PhD student, researching how interventions delivered by football charities… Continue reading

Surveying the Nation’s Health

Published on: Author: Linsay Gray

by Dr Linsay Gray, Senior Investigator Scientist for Measurement and analysis of socioeconomic inequalities in health, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Diarmid Campbell-Jack, Research Director (Health), ScotCen Social Research When you hear statements like “one in five people smoke”, or “one in six people are teetotal” you may be tempted to ask… Continue reading