The Greater Manchester conversation aimed to hear from people and communities across Greater Manchester to understand what is important for their mental wellbeing.
Download the full report: Greater Manchester Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation findings Dec 2020
The research consisted of a survey about individuals mental wellbeing with over 4000 people responding from their local communities and 9 online focus groups were facilitated to explore people’s views in more depth.
The research took place between 28 August to 12 November 2020. The aim is to use this information to understand what matters and to shape future initiatives to improve mental wellbeing, making sure they reflect the needs of local people. Key findings have indicated that:
- The majority, (97%), of Greater Manchester citizens think that mental wellbeing is important or very important
- Whilst significantly more people know what to do if they wanted to improve their mental wellbeing,(58%), there are 42% who are either unsure or who have no idea
- Work (and/or college) is the single biggest factor associated with poor mental wellbeing and cited by around 1/3 of all respondents, followed by existing mental health illnesses and / or disabilities.
- Almost two in three people in Greater Manchester (61%) don’t feel connected to their community or place
- An emphasis of green open space, the ambiance of the surroundings, good facilities and events and people behaving in a more supportive ‘community’ way would meet most people’s needs (63%) for a place of positive wellbeing. This reinforces that improving mental wellbeing is as much about shaping places as it is about engaging people
- The people surveyed highlight that too many people aren’t very happy (5.2/10), don’t find life satisfying (5.1/10) and worthwhile (5.7/10) and have fairly high levels of anxiety (5.6/10)
Responses to questions clearly indicated that there is no one single solution. Improving mental wellbeing across the population will require a whole system approach which involves everyone working together to bring about sustainable long term system change. A plan to respond to feedback is now underway.