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These downloads will help you to understand different scales for measuring positive mental health. They include a guide to help practitioners select appropriate assessment scales for their needs, a list of scales (appendix E downloads) and our review of the scales.

For an assessment of mental wellbeing overall, the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) is available.

The guide on selecting scales was part of a discontinued series of evaluation guides on mental health improvement (evidence and practice), the other guides in the series are still available on Evaluation Support Scotland (external site).

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