Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy, often we get that caught up with other things in life that we forget about our general wellbeing, we forget about the importance of good mental health, the feeling of life satisfaction, a sense of meaning, and the ability to resiliently manage the stress that you confront every day.
Here at Juvenate we regularly measure a persons wellbeing, we use it before and after our courses or coaching sessions to measure the effect of our interventions, we'd also encourage you to measure your wellbeing too on a regular basis perhaps before and after making changes in your life.
In addition we'd also advise that you measure your wellbeing as a spot check to see where you are now and to help you to possibly decide that changes are needed in your life.
A little bit more about the Wellbeing Scale we use.
To measure your wellbeing we use a scale called the Warwick–Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS) which was developed in 2006 by researchers from the universities of Warwick and Edinburgh, with funding provided from NHS Scotland, to enable the measurement of mental wellbeing in adults (here aged 16 and over), the scale is recognised as a measure wellbeing throughout the World.
The scale is widely used in national, government, and local surveys, for the evaluation of the impact of health and social initiatives, it is also commonly used for measuring change due to interventions or therapy, and this is precisely why we use it too so that we can measure the impact of what we do too.
Mental wellbeing that is more than just good mental health and the absence of mental illness, wellbeing involves both feeling good and also functioning well in your life with a sense of purpose.
The WEMWBS scale uses 14 questions that cover both subjective wellbeing and psychological functioning, in which all responses are worded positively and address aspects of positive mental health.
The scale is scored by taking the sum of the responses to each Question which is answered on a 1 to 5 Likert Scale.
We've included a general analysis of the typical results below so that you can compare your results to that of the general population and also to understand a bit more about what your results might mean too.
Test Your Wellbeing by choosing a response to the following Questions below, we will then calculate your total score and give you your results.
Analysis of your Results
The minimum scale score is 14 and the maximum score is 70.
- A score of 60-70 puts you in the top 15% of people.
- A score of 43-59 puts you somewhere in the middle.
- A score of 14-42 puts you in the bottom 15%.
- The average score is approximately 52.
- For England, the population mean score has varied from; 50.9 in 2010 to 52.4 in 2012.
- A score of 44 and below indicates possible depression.
- A score of 40 and below indicates probable depression.
In general population samples, a U-shaped curve relationship is found for age, with mean WEMWBS scores lower in middle age and highest in the 65 to 74 year age group.
Small, non-significant differences are found for sex, with men scoring slightly higher than those of women.