Investing in Wellbeing as an Early Intervention
Teaching others how to develop their wellbeing can make a big difference to the prospects and social mobility of all citizens, not least those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods.
Many initiatives around the world testify to the growing importance of wellbeing as driver to achieving social and economic policy goals. For example; social mobility progress, transforming global healthcare and increasing mental capital.
The recent recession has generated a sharper focus and exploration of what Wellbeing around:
- Life satisfaction
- Standard of living
- Public spending
- Personal Resilient and
- Mitigating the factors that harm personal and societal wellbeing
There is a clear link between levels of wellbeing, inequality and social mobility. Early Intervention is eloquently described by the Early Intervention Foundation as an about additional, timely and effective support to prevent long-term harmful outcomes and costs to the country and enabling citizens to flourish. Early Intervention is about creating an ‘equal and level playing field for a positive society’ and addresses inter-generational cycles of deprivation, exclusion and roots causes of social problems before symptoms arise.
The emerging evidence is clear; investing in wellbeing to improve life outcomes works! Early Intervention directly increases individual’s or communities wellbeing and that increase in wellbeing can help deliver cross cutting positive outcomes across other priority needs.
‘Wealth is about so much more than pounds or Euros or dollars can ever measure. It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB — general wellbeing… Wellbeing can’t be measured by money or traded in markets. It can’t be required by law or delivered by government. It’s about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture, and above all the strength of our relationships. Improving our society’s sense of wellbeing is, I believe, the central political challenge of our times.’
David Cameron, Leader of Conservative Party, May 2006
The State of Happiness – Young Foundation