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17TH September 2020

The Five Ways to Wellbeing


17TH September 2020


In 2008, the government-appointed New Economics Foundation (NEF) took on the task of creating a clear, simple message that would help everybody to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The result was the Five Ways to Wellbeing: a set of actions that can be applied in almost any situation, at any age, and which act as useful anchors for a more complex set of definitions.

We’ve used the Five Ways to Wellbeing to inform many of our designs – particularly in the schools sector. Half of mental health issues are established by the age of 14, and – shockingly – 10% of 5–16 years olds suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. By supporting wellbeing in schools, we can tackle this problem head on, giving children the best chance possible for a healthy, happy present and future.

The matrix below breaks the Five Ways to Wellbeing down into a wide range of simple, practical actions we take when designing our schools. It forms part of our ongoing research into supporting wellbeing through design, and we’re pleased to share it with you.

Matrix exploring how to follow the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in school design

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