This trend suggests improved treatment of what can be difficult and complex conditions against a background of increased demand as, for example, opioid painkiller addiction soars. From the ISD yesterday:

In 2018/2019 there were 47,790 mental health discharges, an increase of 3% from 2017/2018 and the highest number of discharges since 1997/1998.

In 2018/2019, the most common diagnosis for mental health discharges was mental & behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance (including prescription painkillers and anxiety medication) use.

In 2018/2019 most mental health inpatients were treated within the NHS Board area in which they lived with approximately 5% treated elsewhere.

Click to access 2019-09-10-MentalHealthInpatientCare-Summary.pdf