Wellbeing in adults JSNA
In Rochdale borough, 9 per cent of respondents reported a low happiness score in the self-reported wellbeing component of the 2017 Annual Population Survey run by the Office for National Statistics.
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is about your welfare, relationships and how you feel in body and mind. It refers to our quality of life, considers both our physical and mental health and the wider communities we live in.
The Wellbeing and Development group based at Bath University see wellbeing as a combination of:
- What a person has
- What a person can do with what they have
- How they think about what they have and can do
Wellbeing is measured using standardised questionnaires. In other words, people are asked for their views about aspects of wellbeing such as their life satisfaction, happiness and how worthwhile they feel.
An important element of analysing wellbeing is a focus not only on objective measures of health but also people's own perceptions and life experiences.
Why is good wellbeing important?
People use fewer services and are healthier if they have good wellbeing. Here wellbeing covers taking charge of your own life and health. Wellbeing is about what people can do and be. It goes beyond the material, such as how deprived they are, to consider their personal and social relations and their subjective views.
Statistics on wellbeing
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology - the Mental Health and Wellbeing JSNA profile includes data on self-reported wellbeing, use of outdoor space for health reasons, sports club membership and other indicators that can contribute to positive wellbeing.
- Measuring National Wellbeing - Quality of Life in the UK - the Measuring National Wellbeing (MNW) programme was established with the aim to monitor and report "how the UK is doing" by producing accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation. It features regional level indicators covering areas of our lives including our health, natural environment, personal finances and crime.
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Better mental health: JSNA toolkit - the better mental health JSNA toolkit links mental health data, policy and knowledge to help planners understand needs within the local population and assess local services
Guidance and information on wellbeing
- What works wellbeing - the What Works Wellbeing Centre brings together evidence about the relative impacts on wellbeing of policies and projects, their costs and the quality of the evidence. It includes briefings on education, housing, resilience, work life and the impact of low wellbeing.
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance - Mental health and wellbeing - NICE has produced a number of documents on wellbeing including guidance on promoting mental wellbeing at work and workplace health.