Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA)

Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) uses a combination of methods, procedures and tools to assess the potential for a policy, service, programme or project (hereafter referred to as proposals) to impact on the mental well-being of a population. MWIA makes evidence based recommendations to strengthen the positive and mitigate against the negative impacts, and encourages a process to develop indicators to measure impacts.

MWIA theory and practice has been developed by a partnership in England who have been developing MWIA as a practice, and has produced a toolkit to support the process.

MWIA is similar to Health Impact Assessment (HIA) except that it has a specific focus on mental health and well-being. The aim of MWIA is to maximize positive and mitigate negative impacts on mental health and well-being. Like HIA, MWIA focuses on population groups who may experience health inequalities and social injustice with a particular emphasis on those most at risk of poorer mental well-being. It also makes the link with social determinants, and can be adapted to be used alongside HIA or as a separate process. MWIA goes further in developing indicators to measure the actual impacts over time.

Direct link to the MWIA Toolkit

To view next page giving an overview of the MWIA Toolkit, click here MWIA Toolkit.

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