What is the Mental Wellness Index?
Mental wellness means everyone in a community can thrive and have the opportunity to flourish, regardless of a mental health or a substance use challenge (source: National Council for Mental Wellbeing).
The MWI aggregates 28 measures that act as assets or obstacles to community-level mental wellness. These measures are grouped into three domains in the MWI framework: social determinants of health, healthcare access, and health status. MITRE sourced the measures from publicly available national datasets and incorporated novel measure constructs and methodologies to help represent community assets based on key informant feedback. The MWI framework also acknowledges two dynamic factors that influence mental wellness and the measures used to calculate the index: community & cultural assets and structural racism.