Mental Health and Happiness in Wales – ONS

The Office for National Statistics has surveyed levels of happiness, anxiety and life satisfaction across the UK

The Office of National Statistics studied three years of data about well-being to show the areas where people had the highest levels of life satisfaction, happiness and anxiety.

Their work also showed how our levels of happiness change significantly throughout our lives – with the middle aged finding life toughest.

How happy are people in your area?

 

The darkest areas are those with the highest happiness ratings
The darkest areas are those with the highest happiness ratings

People were asked to rate their happiness out of 10, with 10 being the most happy

  • Isle of Anglesey, 7.61
  • Monmouthshire, 7.58
  • Ceredigion, 7.57
  • Conwy, 7.56
  • Gwynedd, 7.54
  • Flintshire, 7.50
  • Powys, 7.50
  • Wrexham, 7.49
  • Pembrokeshire, 7.49
  • Denbighshire, 7.47
  • Bridgend, 7.42
  • Neath Port Talbot, 7.40
  • Carmarthenshire, 7.37
  • Cardiff, 7.37
  • Torfaen, 7.34
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf, 7.33
  • Swansea, 7.31
  • Vale of Glamorgan, 7.31
  • Caerphilly, 7.27
  • Merthyr Tydfil, 7.25
  • Blaenau Gwent, 7.23
  • Newport, 7.22

Rural areas are happier

Across the UK, the regional results reflected the fact that people were happiest in rural areas.

Anglesey was Wales’ happiest area while Pembrokeshire had the lowest levels of anxiety.

Struggling cities and former industrial areas were the least happy areas.

Experts looked at wellbeing data for more than 300,000 adults in the UK, collected over three years from 2012 to 2015.

Questions asked related to life satisfaction, feeling whether what you do is worthwhile, happiness and anxiety.

Life satisfaction

 

The darkest areas are those with the highest levels of life satisfaction
The darkest areas are those with the highest levels of life satisfaction

The higher the figure, the more satisfied people said they are

  • Isle of Anglesey, 7.81
  • Ceredigion, 7.69
  • Conwy, 7.67
  • Monmouthshire, 7.67
  • Pembrokeshire, 7.65
  • Denbighshire, 7.62
  • Powys, 7.61
  • Flintshire, 7.60
  • Wrexham, 7.59
  • Gwynedd, 7.56
  • Bridgend, 7.54
  • Cardiff, 7.50
  • Vale of Glamorgan, 7.49
  • Neath Port Talbot, 7.46
  • Carmarthenshire, 7.45
  • Swansea, 7.41
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf, 7.41
  • Caerphilly, 7.40
  • Torfaen, 7.39
  • Blaenau Gwent, 7.38
  • Newport, 7.38
  • Merthyr Tydfil, 7.35

‘Low wellbeing in middle age’

 

Wales’s results were very similar to England’s with life satisfaction at 7.51 – compared to 7.52 for England, while Scotland was slightly higher at 7.60 and Northern Ireland at 7.69.

People aged 70 to 74 had the highest level of life satisfaction, followed closely by those aged 65 to 69 and teenagers aged 16 to 19.

Middle-aged people are the least happy, with many struggling with the “double responsibility” of caring for children and elderly parents.

People aged 40 to 59 were also considerably more anxious than other groups.

Even pensioners aged over 90 report better life satisfaction and happiness than those aged 40 to 59.

More: ‘Happiness’ survey reveals importance of neighbour relationships to Welsh people

Anxiety levels

 

 

The darkest areas are those with the lowest anxiety
The darkest areas are those with the lowest anxiety

 

People were asked to rate their anxiety levels 0-10, with 10 being most anxious

  • Caerphilly, 3.20
  • Newport, 3.17
  • Blaenau Gwent, 3.13
  • Merthyr Tydfil, 3.11
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf, 3.07
  • Vale of Glamorgan, 3.01
  • Neath Port Talbot, 2.98
  • Bridgend, 2.98
  • Monmouthshire, 2.97
  • Swansea, 2.96
  • Cardiff, 2.93
  • Gwynedd, 2.91
  • Denbighshire, 2.91
  • Torfaen, 2.90
  • Powys, 2.87
  • Carmarthenshire, 2.84
  • Wrexham, 2.83
  • Conwy, 2.82
  • Isle of Anglesey, 2.78
  • Ceredigion, 2.78
  • Flintshire, 2.73
  • Pembrokeshire, 2.51

 

Glenn Everett, of the ONS, said: “The low wellbeing in middle-age might also suggest that those in this age group are struggling with the double responsibility of caring for children and for elderly parents.”

“Evidence shows that people are having children later.

“Therefore another possible reason for lower scores for the middle-age groups could result from the burden caused by having to care for both parents and children at the same time.”

How worthwhile do people feel their lives are?

 

 

The darkest areas are those where people said their lives felt most worthwhile
The darkest areas are those where people said their lives felt most worthwhile

 

The higher the figure the more worthwhile people said their lives are

  • Isle of Anglesey, 7.98
  • Gwynedd, 7.86
  • Ceredigion, 7.86
  • Monmouthshire
  • Conwy , 7.84
  • Powys, 7.83
  • Flintshire, 7.82
  • Bridgend, 7.82
  • Pembrokeshire, 7.81
  • Denbighshire, 7.77
  • Carmarthenshire, 7.76
  • Cardiff, 7.76
  • Wrexham, 7.72
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf, 7.72
  • Caerphilly, 7.72
  • Vale of Glamorgan, 7.70
  • Swansea, 7.70
  • Neath Port Talbot, 7.70
  • Torfaen, 7.69
  • Merthyr Tydfil, 7.67
  • Baenau Gwent, 7.62
  • Newport, 7.60

Source Wales Online