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Understanding our own wellbeing


Most of us kind of know we need to look after our wellbeing, just sometimes we are not sure where to start. How do you measure wellbeing, what does it mean to us as individuals? 

We hope there are different pieces on the site people find helpful in exploring what wellbeing means for them, this piece may be a useful place to look

The Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale s is a really useful tool for helping us think about our wellbeing

''The Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scales were developed to enable the measuring of mental wellbeing in the general population and the evaluation of projects, programmes and policies which aim to improve mental wellbeing. 

The 14-item scale WEMWBS has 5 response categories summed to provide a single score. The items are all worded positively and cover both feeling and functioning aspect of mental wellbeing, thereby making the concept more accessible. 

The scale has been used widely nationally and internationally for monitoring, evaluating projects and programmes, and investigating the determinants of mental wellbeing'' 

Prof Sarah Stewart-Brown

COPEScotland one to one service was delighted to be introduced to the 14-point scale some years ago by a PhD student on placement with us at the time, seeking to measure the impact of interventions we offered. 

We continued to use this routinely up until lockdown as a really useful way to help people have a place, they saw their wellbeing starting from, identify areas they maybe wanted to work on and also the improvements they had made. For more information visit

This news piece like the other pieces we offer on the site, do not replace professional advice. If you are struggling with your wellbeing, then it may be advisable to speak to someone. If things are so overwhelming you are having thoughts of suicide speak to someone now. 

The Samaritans are there 24/7 365 Freephone 116 123.there are also many services and helplines listed in the 'whit's happenings'

As with many services, moving into lockdown meant we had to adapt, we also found more people were using the site for general wellbeing information and self-management tips, so we created this wee tool. It has a copy of the WEMWBS and invites you to consider your scores across 14 points. The tool has 2 sides, the front showing the points in the scale and inviting you to consider your current scores and the scores you would like to move to and the reverse explaining a wee bit more how to use it. 

Events can mean our scores can vary, getting used to using this is a useful way to recognise when we need to think about some changes to improve our sense of wellbeing.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to offer tips on the various areas listed in the 14-point WEMWBS which we hope you find useful if there are areas you want to work on. The first area is feeling more optimistic as with all that COVID-19 has brought this is an area which may be of interest to many. We are grateful to all those who designed the Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scales and for being able to use it to help others work towards improved wellbeing. Author of this blog uses it herself often! 😊

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy" Thich Nhat Hanh 

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