It’s all about inclusion
Through our work with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities we recognised a need for an evaluative measure that could assess mental health, wellbeing improvements in a more inclusive way than a traditional written questionnaire. This led to the development of a partnership with Professor Jason Davies of Swansea University Psychology Department. Jason has worked with Down to Earth for many years and has produced a number of published, peer reviewed papers in the Journal of Mental Health including “The emoji current mood and experience scale: the development and initial validation of an ultra-brief, literacy independent measure of psychological health“ which has formed the basis of “My Emoji”. You can find more about the published papers on our work here.
Based on this research there is now a 5 question measure that uses emojis to provide a quick measure of mood and current experience, with minimal literacy demands on participants.