GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Les Mills
Les Mills
Les Mills
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

features

News report: Mental health

A new study from the Global Wellness Institute highlights the scope of the $121bn mental wellness market, as Katie Barnes and Megan Whitby report

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 10
The report defines mental wellness as an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish' / fizkes/shutterstock
The report defines mental wellness as an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish' / fizkes/shutterstock
Not enough attention is paid globally to mental illness prevention and mental wellness promotion

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has identified mental wellbeing as a US$121bn (€101.6bn, £91.8bn) segment of the global wellness economy, based on consumer spending in four markets in 2019.

The figure was released in the GWI’s new study, Defining the Mental Wellness Economy, claimed to be the first paper to define mental wellness as its own industry.

Researchers say the industry encompasses businesses whose primary aim is to develop our internal mental wellness resources.

A definition
The report defines mental wellness as more than just an absence of mental illness. Instead, it’s an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect and function; it’s an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish.

Due to COVID-19, mental health issues and mental unwellness are on the rise and taking their toll on individuals, families and society.

Furthermore, the World Economic Forum has estimated mental illness and mental unwellness will cost US$16.1trn (€13.5trn, £12.2trn) globally in 2030.

In response, the report argues mental wellness can provide strategies to help increase wellbeing and be used as a pathway to ease the financial burden caused by mental unwellness and illness – a point it hopes will incentivise governments and business to promote and invest into mental wellness.

“Clearly, the human suffering and economic dislocations caused by the pandemic have increased demands for mental wellness pathways and solutions on a global scale,” said co-authors Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung.

“Not enough attention is paid globally to mental illness prevention and mental wellness promotion.

“Practices that improve our mental wellness don’t only lessen the symptoms of mental illness, but also reduce the risk of developing a mental illness,” they added.

A new category
The GWI has now added mental wellness as a new industry bubble to its Global Wellness Economy framework, which defines and measures the size of the US$4.5trn (€3.8trn, £3.4trn) global wellness economy.

Johnston shared that next year’s research will focus on updating the framework diagram, which will hopefully show the impact of coronavirus on the industry in a post-virus world with a vaccine.

The paper officially launched on 9 November, the first day of the annual Global Wellness Summit (GWS), which was held in Florida, US.

Find out more about the spa and wellness market in Spa Business magazine www.spabusiness.com

The Global Wellness Institute has valued and categorised the emerging industry into four main sectors:
1. Senses, spaces and sleep
Value: US$49.5bn €41.7bn £37.6bn

The largest mental wellness sector, this category spans products, services, and design that target both our senses and the mind-body connection, with the growing understanding that environmental stimuli have a major impact on our mood, stress levels and sleep.

Sleep is the goliath sub-segment of the research, with an exploding array of sleep- and sleep-environment-optimising solutions, including smart bedding and sleep accessories; sleep apps, wearables and trackers; and sleep retreats and nap cafés.

The segment includes sound (sound therapy, white noise, noise cancellation and wellness music); scent (aromatherapy, home fragrances and diffusers); touch (stress toys and gadgets and weighted blankets); and light (human-centric light and light therapy consumer devices).

It also includes multisensory experiences (from flotation tanks to forest bathing), wellness travel, spa, fitness and entertainment destinations and sensory-based design and architecture (biophilic design and circadian lighting).

The quality of spaces impacts our mental health / Brizmaker/shutterstock
2. Self-improvement
Value: US$33.6bn €28.2bn £25.5bn

This category spans a wide range of activities associated with self-help and personal development, including classes, workshops and retreats; self-help books, media, videos, apps and online platforms; self-help gurus and influencers; personal and life coaches; self-help organisations and mutual support groups; cognitive enhancement and brain training products/services; creative organisations and interventions that combat loneliness and isolation.

Classes, retreats and workshops are a growing part of the mental wellbeing sector / Ulza/shutterstock
3. Meditation and mindfulness
Value: US$2.9bn €2.4bn £2.2bn

While meditation and mindfulness are the approaches most firmly associated with mental wellness, it’s the smallest (if an extremely fast-growing) market, because while millions of people worldwide practise meditation, only a small fraction spend money on it.

The category includes all forms of meditation practice, related mindfulness practices (breathwork, guided imagery, body scan, relaxation exercises), and products and services that support these practices.

Key spending categories include classes, teachers, retreats, books and online platforms with mobile apps (such as Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer) – a huge driver of consumer adoption and spend.

There’s a growing market for meditation accessories (cushions, beads, chimes) and mindfulness products (journals, colouring books), as well as a fast-growing range of connected gadgets, trackers and monitors to support meditation (headbands, glasses, wearable sensors, lamps) – many of which build on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and VR technologies.

Millions of people worldwide meditate / sun ok/shutterstock
4. Brain-boosting nutraceuticals and botanicals
Value: US$34.8bn €29.2bn £26.4bn

This covers ingestible products developed with the specific goal of improving mental health and wellbeing, including natural supplements, herbal and botanical products and functional foods and beverages. These often claim to boost brain health, sleep, memory and energy.

The category also includes plant-based substances that are increasingly used for mental wellness, with the legal cannabis and derivatives market growing rapidly in the last couple of years and cannabis, hemp, and CBD making their way into many supplements, foods, and beverages.

The segment also includes functional mushrooms, with some seeing a rapid acceleration in clinical research for use in mental health and wellness.

GWI researchers say the quickening relaxation of regulation in some countries means plant-based psychedelic drugs will increasingly be used for both mental wellness and clinical treatment. For example, in the US recently, Oregon legalised Psilocybe cubensis and the District of Columbia decriminalised the recreational use of psilocybin and other psychedelics.

The market for mood boosting medicinal herbs and supplements is now worth $34.8bn globally / Fotogrin/shutterstock
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2020/960620_587829.jpg
A new study from the Global Wellness Institute highlights the scope of the $121bn mental wellbeing market @Global_GWI @Global_GWS
Global Wellness Institute, Mental Wellness, mental wellness market,meditation, mindfulness, nutraceuticals, botanicals, Self-improvement, sleep
HCM magazine
Stephen Tharrett, co-founder, ClubIntel
HCM magazine
Third Space members embrace new digital app, viewing 75,000 workouts in just three months
HCM magazine
Resistance training is just as beneficial for women over the age of 50 as it is for men, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales
HCM Magazine
Interview
The RISE programme will give people the physical literacy and a nurtured baseline of confidence to encourage them into other forms of exercise in gyms and leisure centres
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Welcome to the world of creative fitness, where exercise and fun merge to change the way we train
HCM Magazine
When Geoff Whitington started to see his life unravel as a result of diabetes, his sons Anthony and Ian gave up their jobs to help him change his lifestyle. This resulted in a new lease of life for all of them. Anthony Whitington, co-creator of BBC documentary, Fixing Dad, speaks to HCM’s Kath Hudson about the journey the family has been on, their mission to inspire others to engage with their health and the launch of new initiative, Fixing Us
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
Venueserve Fitness is working with the Health Club Collection to drive its digital customer engagement
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Offering red light therapy to your members can create a valuable source of secondary spend, while also supporting them with their recovery and delivering improvements to mobility, circulation and muscle soreness, as Karen Maxwell explains
HCM Magazine
Policy
Muir Gray has a vision for a world where exercise professionals help people live longer, better lives into old age
HCM Magazine
HCM People
All products have been priced competitively, using Amazon as a benchmark, to ensure the shop can thrive in a competitive market
HCM Magazine
Latest News
PM, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres in England will ...
Latest News
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister ...
Latest News
The physical and mental health of women in the UK has been put under unprecedented ...
Latest News
Excess body fat and obesity are likely to have contributed to more deaths in England ...
Latest News
The financial performance of health club operator SATS in the last quarter of 2020 was ...
Latest News
FIBO has announced that its Chinese event next month will be held as a hybrid ...
Latest News
Placing gyms and leisure centres at the front of the queue for reopening would be ...
Latest News
Data published today (17 February) shows that for every 100,000 visits to UK gyms and ...
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Pulse Fitness updates iGym London with state-of-the-art technology
Pulse Fitness has recently completed a refurbishment of the fitness facilities at iGym London.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Storytelling - the future of fitness content
Heading into 2021, storytelling will be a key trend among fitness content creators and connected fitness providers, as the industry recognises its potential to unlock ultra- engaging experiences that boost retention.
Company profiles
Company profile: Incorpore Limited
Incorpore Ltd is a leading fitness and wellness company which has been successfully delivering solutions ...
Company profiles
Company profile: fibodo Limited
fibodo is the digital solution helping people lead healthier and happier lives. From grassroots individual ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Flooring
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Member feedback software
AskNicely: Member feedback software
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

features

News report: Mental health

A new study from the Global Wellness Institute highlights the scope of the $121bn mental wellness market, as Katie Barnes and Megan Whitby report

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 10
The report defines mental wellness as an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish' / fizkes/shutterstock
The report defines mental wellness as an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish' / fizkes/shutterstock
Not enough attention is paid globally to mental illness prevention and mental wellness promotion

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has identified mental wellbeing as a US$121bn (€101.6bn, £91.8bn) segment of the global wellness economy, based on consumer spending in four markets in 2019.

The figure was released in the GWI’s new study, Defining the Mental Wellness Economy, claimed to be the first paper to define mental wellness as its own industry.

Researchers say the industry encompasses businesses whose primary aim is to develop our internal mental wellness resources.

A definition
The report defines mental wellness as more than just an absence of mental illness. Instead, it’s an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect and function; it’s an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish.

Due to COVID-19, mental health issues and mental unwellness are on the rise and taking their toll on individuals, families and society.

Furthermore, the World Economic Forum has estimated mental illness and mental unwellness will cost US$16.1trn (€13.5trn, £12.2trn) globally in 2030.

In response, the report argues mental wellness can provide strategies to help increase wellbeing and be used as a pathway to ease the financial burden caused by mental unwellness and illness – a point it hopes will incentivise governments and business to promote and invest into mental wellness.

“Clearly, the human suffering and economic dislocations caused by the pandemic have increased demands for mental wellness pathways and solutions on a global scale,” said co-authors Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung.

“Not enough attention is paid globally to mental illness prevention and mental wellness promotion.

“Practices that improve our mental wellness don’t only lessen the symptoms of mental illness, but also reduce the risk of developing a mental illness,” they added.

A new category
The GWI has now added mental wellness as a new industry bubble to its Global Wellness Economy framework, which defines and measures the size of the US$4.5trn (€3.8trn, £3.4trn) global wellness economy.

Johnston shared that next year’s research will focus on updating the framework diagram, which will hopefully show the impact of coronavirus on the industry in a post-virus world with a vaccine.

The paper officially launched on 9 November, the first day of the annual Global Wellness Summit (GWS), which was held in Florida, US.

Find out more about the spa and wellness market in Spa Business magazine www.spabusiness.com

The Global Wellness Institute has valued and categorised the emerging industry into four main sectors:
1. Senses, spaces and sleep
Value: US$49.5bn €41.7bn £37.6bn

The largest mental wellness sector, this category spans products, services, and design that target both our senses and the mind-body connection, with the growing understanding that environmental stimuli have a major impact on our mood, stress levels and sleep.

Sleep is the goliath sub-segment of the research, with an exploding array of sleep- and sleep-environment-optimising solutions, including smart bedding and sleep accessories; sleep apps, wearables and trackers; and sleep retreats and nap cafés.

The segment includes sound (sound therapy, white noise, noise cancellation and wellness music); scent (aromatherapy, home fragrances and diffusers); touch (stress toys and gadgets and weighted blankets); and light (human-centric light and light therapy consumer devices).

It also includes multisensory experiences (from flotation tanks to forest bathing), wellness travel, spa, fitness and entertainment destinations and sensory-based design and architecture (biophilic design and circadian lighting).

The quality of spaces impacts our mental health / Brizmaker/shutterstock
2. Self-improvement
Value: US$33.6bn €28.2bn £25.5bn

This category spans a wide range of activities associated with self-help and personal development, including classes, workshops and retreats; self-help books, media, videos, apps and online platforms; self-help gurus and influencers; personal and life coaches; self-help organisations and mutual support groups; cognitive enhancement and brain training products/services; creative organisations and interventions that combat loneliness and isolation.

Classes, retreats and workshops are a growing part of the mental wellbeing sector / Ulza/shutterstock
3. Meditation and mindfulness
Value: US$2.9bn €2.4bn £2.2bn

While meditation and mindfulness are the approaches most firmly associated with mental wellness, it’s the smallest (if an extremely fast-growing) market, because while millions of people worldwide practise meditation, only a small fraction spend money on it.

The category includes all forms of meditation practice, related mindfulness practices (breathwork, guided imagery, body scan, relaxation exercises), and products and services that support these practices.

Key spending categories include classes, teachers, retreats, books and online platforms with mobile apps (such as Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer) – a huge driver of consumer adoption and spend.

There’s a growing market for meditation accessories (cushions, beads, chimes) and mindfulness products (journals, colouring books), as well as a fast-growing range of connected gadgets, trackers and monitors to support meditation (headbands, glasses, wearable sensors, lamps) – many of which build on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and VR technologies.

Millions of people worldwide meditate / sun ok/shutterstock
4. Brain-boosting nutraceuticals and botanicals
Value: US$34.8bn €29.2bn £26.4bn

This covers ingestible products developed with the specific goal of improving mental health and wellbeing, including natural supplements, herbal and botanical products and functional foods and beverages. These often claim to boost brain health, sleep, memory and energy.

The category also includes plant-based substances that are increasingly used for mental wellness, with the legal cannabis and derivatives market growing rapidly in the last couple of years and cannabis, hemp, and CBD making their way into many supplements, foods, and beverages.

The segment also includes functional mushrooms, with some seeing a rapid acceleration in clinical research for use in mental health and wellness.

GWI researchers say the quickening relaxation of regulation in some countries means plant-based psychedelic drugs will increasingly be used for both mental wellness and clinical treatment. For example, in the US recently, Oregon legalised Psilocybe cubensis and the District of Columbia decriminalised the recreational use of psilocybin and other psychedelics.

The market for mood boosting medicinal herbs and supplements is now worth $34.8bn globally / Fotogrin/shutterstock
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2020/960620_587829.jpg
A new study from the Global Wellness Institute highlights the scope of the $121bn mental wellbeing market @Global_GWI @Global_GWS
Global Wellness Institute, Mental Wellness, mental wellness market,meditation, mindfulness, nutraceuticals, botanicals, Self-improvement, sleep
Latest News
PM, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres in England will ...
Latest News
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister ...
Latest News
The physical and mental health of women in the UK has been put under unprecedented ...
Latest News
Excess body fat and obesity are likely to have contributed to more deaths in England ...
Latest News
The financial performance of health club operator SATS in the last quarter of 2020 was ...
Latest News
FIBO has announced that its Chinese event next month will be held as a hybrid ...
Latest News
Placing gyms and leisure centres at the front of the queue for reopening would be ...
Latest News
Data published today (17 February) shows that for every 100,000 visits to UK gyms and ...
Latest News
People aged 40 living with Type 2 diabetes face a "disproportionately increased risk of dying ...
Latest News
Barbara den Bak, Tom Moos, and Clare Stobart have been announced as speakers for ukactive's ...
Latest News
PureGym expects lockdowns to last "until at least 31 March" – and that it will ...
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Pulse Fitness updates iGym London with state-of-the-art technology
Pulse Fitness has recently completed a refurbishment of the fitness facilities at iGym London.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Storytelling - the future of fitness content
Heading into 2021, storytelling will be a key trend among fitness content creators and connected fitness providers, as the industry recognises its potential to unlock ultra- engaging experiences that boost retention.
Company profiles
Company profile: Incorpore Limited
Incorpore Ltd is a leading fitness and wellness company which has been successfully delivering solutions ...
Company profiles
Company profile: fibodo Limited
fibodo is the digital solution helping people lead healthier and happier lives. From grassroots individual ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Flooring
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Member feedback software
AskNicely: Member feedback software
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Les Mills
Les Mills