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Good mental wellbeing — some people call it happiness — is about more than avoiding mental health problems. It means feeling good and functioning well. It can be helpful to maintain an awareness of your overall wellbeing. It can help you to identify the things that have an impact on how well you’re doing and give you more power in improving your functioning. The below wellbeing assessment is a tool to help you with this.

This wellbeing assessment uses the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) to measure wellbeing. More about the WEMWBS is below.

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Wellbeing self-assessment

To get a wellbeing score, read through the statements and click on the box that best describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks, then click next to continue on through the 14 questions. You will receive information at the end that will provide an assessment of your current wellbeing.


Why the wellbeing scale?

The WEMWBS is an internationally validated assessment of well-being that utilises strength based language less likely to be triggering or distressing for those who have been traumatised.

By integrating and promoting use of the WEMWBS on the Living Well site, we are very much aware that childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault can profoundly impact on an individuals mental and physical well-being.  We have included information on our website on some of the particular difficulties people who have been abused can face, as well as some ways of addressing these.

Our decision to foreground the well-being assessment is based on a knowledge that living a fulfilling, healthy, connected, active life is possible after sexual abuse and we do not wish to accept a lesser goal for all those whom we live and work with.

About the wellbeing scale

The WEMWBS questionnaire for measuring mental well-being was developed by researchers at Warwick and Edinburgh Universities (see Tennant R, Hiller L, Fishwick R, Platt P, Joseph S, Weich S, Parkinson J, Secker J, Stewart-Brown S (2007) The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS): development and UK validation, Health and Quality of Life Outcome; 5:63 doi:101186/1477-7252-5-63).

The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale was funded by the Scottish Executive National Programme for improving mental health and well-being, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, developed by the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh, and is jointly owned by NHS Health Scotland, the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh.

The WEMWBS is subject to copyright. We are grateful that we have received permission to use and make available the WEMWBS. Click here for more information about the WEMWBS.

Get the mobile version

The well-being assessment is one of the features available in the free Living Well App for iPhone and Android. Keep track of your well-being on the go.

 

15 comments

  1. Comment by Jewels Davidson

    Jewels Davidson Reply April 28, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I was wondering where I would find a printable version of a wellbeing/mood self-assessment form I could use on a bi-weekly basis for my daughter to complete. Please could you provide me with this information or let me know what I need to search for? The only ones I am able to find are online forms which I probably won’t be shown if I left her to complete. Your help would be much appreciated.
    Kind Regards

  2. Comment by VP

    VP Reply October 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Has this tool be validated in the United States?

    • Comment by Jess [Living Well Staff]

      Jess [Living Well Staff] Reply October 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      You can find up to date information and research on the WEMWBS at their official website.

  3. Comment by Maria Gutierrez

    Maria Gutierrez Reply December 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I feel good my self

  4. Comment by Maria Gutierrez

    Maria Gutierrez Reply December 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I really like the opportunity to learn more to be healthy thanks

  5. Comment by Amanda

    Amanda Reply January 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Love the idea of connecting more with others and learning more.

    And being aware of myself and the world.

  6. Comment by Allison Boggis

    Allison Boggis Reply June 3, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Has this been used with people with learning Disabilities? I am keen to adapt it for use. Would you be prepared to share the scoring rate for each question and the overall analysis?

    • Comment by Jess [Living Well Staff]

      Jess [Living Well Staff] Reply June 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Allison,

      This wellbeing assessment uses the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS). You will need written permission from them to use it. Please check out their website for more information about the scale (including development and groups it has been validated with) and to seek their approval.

  7. Comment by Robert

    Robert Reply November 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I want to get better but I’ve had no help, doctors just give me a sick notes and I want help. I was a affluent, successful man, then stress caused all my life’s problems to come out and I can’t get better. I was strong for everyone in my family for 20 years and now I’m weak. help me xx

    • Comment by Jess [Living Well Staff]

      Jess [Living Well Staff] Reply November 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Hi Robert,
      Thanks so much for reaching out to us. I think that shows your strength, given how hard it can be to take this step.

      It can be hard to find appropriate help, but please don’t give up. It is out there.

      From your message, I’m not sure whether you are someone who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault (which is what our website is about). If you are, as it looks like you are in the USA, I’d like to recommend our partners over there, at https://1in6.org/men/get-help/. They offer a supportline and should be able to find you a referral to a professional who is specialised in this area.

      Otherwise, please check out this list of US help lines for various issues.

      Take care of yourself Robert.

  8. Comment by James Jarratt

    James Jarratt Reply February 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    While answering the questions, it occurred to me that I was saying “Some of the time” frequently because I spend a lot of my time with my wife of 25 years, who I find shallow and depressing. Your test says I am “normal”, but I want to be “happy” and “productive”.

  9. Comment by richard ivey

    richard ivey Reply May 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

    thanks for being a part of this assessment.

  10. Comment by DAVID

    DAVID Reply February 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I feel that if this assessment was used more by everyone from school students to people with addictions to people like me who’ve been sexually assaulted to those suffering from depression, etc, that awareness would lead to action to prevent self harm and harm to others and to improve lifestyle quality with the support of others.

  11. Comment by Ashley

    Ashley Reply March 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I’m trying to use this test for research purposes and it keeps giving me a 5! All my answers are often to almost always, and I am pretty positive. Why is my scoring so low? Doesn’t make sense.

    • Comment by Jess [Living Well Staff]

      Jess [Living Well Staff] Reply March 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks very much for your comment. It allowed us to determine that there was indeed a problem with the survey and how it was scoring.

      This has been fixed so your results should now be much more accurate! Thanks again.

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