Mental health and wellbeing index user guide

How to get the most out of the mental health and wellbeing index data

Mental health and wellbeing are key areas in public health. It is estimated that one in four adults will experience mental health problems. Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in England and the economic cost of this alone is estimated to be £105 billion a year.

To help us better understand mental health and wellbeing in our population, a mental health and wellbeing index has been produced for Hampshire. This tool aims to assess the mental health and wellbeing of people and communities within each ward across the county.

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Indicators

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Index brings together a wide range of data sets covering topics including health, education, safeguarding, social capital, life satisfaction, infrastructure, the local economy and crime.

The Index is limited by the availability of relevant data at ward level. Some of the data used within the Index are modelled from known socio-economic characteristics rather than collected directly.

As a result, the Index is not intended to be used as a standalone tool but within the context of local knowledge and other available data.

The tool outputs at four levels

Full details of the indicators included at each level can be found in the technical report.

Self

Indicators related to the individual:

  • Education
  • Material wellbeing
  • Health
  • Life satisfaction

Supports

Indicators related to the family and how we spend our time:

  • Strong and stable families
  • Social capital

Systems and structures

Indicators related to the wider community

  • Enabling infrastructure
  • Local economy
  • Effective public services
  • Crime and antisocial behaviour

Mental health and wellbeing index

Brings together all three levels in one summary measure.

Outputs

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Score

A score is assigned to each ward ranging from 0 (poorer wellbeing to 1 (higher wellbeing).

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Rank

A rank is assigned to each ward within Hampshire ranging from 1 (poorer wellbeing) to 240 (higher wellbeing).

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Deciles

Each ward is assigned to a decile of mental heath and wellbeing ranging from 1 (the lowest 10% in Hampshire) to 10 (the highest 10% in Hampshire).

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Maps

These deciles have been used to produce a series of thematic maps at district level.

Colour scheme used in maps and charts

Colour bars used in maps and charts (from decile 1 to decile 10)

Decile 1

Wards scoring in the lowest 10% in Hampshire.

Decile 5

Wards scoring between the lowest 40% and the midway 50% mark in Hampshire.

Decile 10

Wards scoring in the highest 10% in Hampshire.

Bar chart showing the ward rank for all elements of self domain

Rank within Hampshire where 240 is the ward with the highest score and 1 is the ward with the lowest score.

Bar chart showing the ward rank for all elements of systems and structures domain

The colour of the bar represents the decile within Hampshire to which the ward belongs.

Bar chart showing ward rank for all domains and overall index

The lower right hand chart contains a summary of each of the three domains, the overall index and The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015.

Strengths and vulnerabilities

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Vulnerability

A ward is considered to be potentially vulnerable in terms of mental health and wellbeing if it falls within the lowest 25% in Hampshire.

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Strength

A ward is considered to have potential strengths in terms of mental health and wellbeing if it falls within the top 25% in Hampshire.

Temperature gauges summarising where the ward ranks in Hampshire

Rank within Hampshire where 240 is the ward with the highest score and 1 is the ward with the lowest score.

Summary of strengths and vulnerabilities of the ward

The right hand side of the chart shows each subdomain and whether it is a potential source of strength with regards to mental health and wellbeing or a possible vulnerability.