Jersey's Government to start measuring thoughts and feelings

Jersey's government has recently started a new wellbeing performance framework to understand how islanders are feeling. Falling on the third Monday of January, Blue Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year.

The day was decided with a number of factors in mind: weather, finances, time since Christmas and low motivation levels.

To see how people in Jersey are really doing - not just today but all year round - Jersey's government has launched a new wellbeing performance framework.

The new system will look not just at statistics but also people's thoughts and feelings.

The new wellbeing monitoring system will look at the community, environmental and economic well being.

Sustainable wellbeing means thinking about what's right in the long-term for future generations. When looking at the big strategic picture we have to factor in many different needs, such as providing affordable homes, supporting people with mental health needs and protecting and evolving our economy. The Jersey Performance Framework will act as the barometer of Jersey's sustainable wellbeing. It provides an accessible tool for all of us to see how well Jersey is doing across a wide range of social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing.

Senator John Le Fondré - Jersey Chief Minister
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We measure sustainable wellbeing across a number of Island-wide outcomes. Outcomes are broad statements of aims across community, economic and environmental wellbeing.

Dr Anuschka Muller, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance