Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness; it is also about positive wellbeing. Across the whole community, fewer than a quarter of people report “flourishing”, or optimal wellbeing, while up to 20 per cent have a diagnosable mental illness. This means that at any given time, many people are not mentally unwell but still have room for improvement in their wellbeing.
About the project
Associate Professor Gatt’s team has developed one of the first wellbeing scales, called COMPAS-W, which uniquely measures different components of wellbeing in:
- Patients receiving care from inpatient mental health services
- Mental health staff across the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
- Young people attending a headspace mental health clinic.
From these learnings, the team have developed two wellbeing programs which they are currently evaluating:
- The Thrive Wellbeing Program, a 7-week program for health care workers, focusing on developing healthy habits across seven domains of life including sleep, exercise, nutrition, dealing with stress, social connection, mental challenges, and life purpose.
- ReNeuWell®, a phone app that measures wellbeing and provides information and techniques on improving wellbeing and resilience, for the general population. ReNeuWell will be launched on the Apple Store in early 2023.