ASK MAx: national wellness week


LET’S TALK ABOUT…NATIONAL WELLNESS WEEK!!! The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) “envisions a future where people with mental and substance abuse disorders pursue optimal health, happiness, recovery, and a full and satisfying life in the community via access to a range of effective services, support, and resources.”


Part of the SAMHSA initiative includes declaring September 11 through 17, 2016: NATIONAL WELLNESS WEEK”. One of the purposes is to highlight the changing face of wellness and wellness practices.

According to Dr. Sarah R Linde-Freucht, US Department of Health and Human Services, “health relates broadly to how an individual functions in one’s life…” not only with physical health “…the quality of one’s relationship, and how one adapts to change, and copes with difficulties.”

This new recognition of defining that “wellness” is at the crux of finding life satisfaction for people that suffer with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports approximately 1 in 5 adults, 18.5% of the US population, experiences mental illness in a given year; 1 in 25 adults, or 4.2% experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with, or, limits one or more life activities.

SAMHSA estimates 20.2 million, 8.4% of the population of Americans 18 years and older, had a substance use disorder as of March, 2016. This number increases by millions factoring in people with co-occurring mental health disorders.


As these numbers continue to grow, along with the state of the changing health care system, the Federal Government has called for a national cross governmental, public/private, and individual initiative to transform how mental health and substance abuse services are delivered in the US with an expected outcome of recovery.


The SAMHSA initiate pledges to promote wellness for people with mental health and substance abuse disorders by encouraging “Eight Dimensions of Wellness” to become part of everyone’s daily life. The “Eight Dimensions of Wellness” are:


  1. Emotional: coping with life and relationships effectively
  2. Environmental: creating healthy, motivated, and stimulating places to live, work, learn.
  3. Financial: satisfaction of current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual: recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational: personal satisfaction and enrichment of one’s work
  6. Physical: recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  7. Social: developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  8. Centered: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.


Now “…you may say that I am a dreamer…but, just imagine all the people…” living in good mental, physical, and emotional health. “Just imagine…” if it turns out to be eight simple dimensions of wellness defined by SAMHSA.


Become part of the new movement of health, wellness, and prevention. Join the PAW: Program to Achieve Wellness, led by SAMHSA. All individuals, organizations, communities, states, and tribes can take action in educating all Americans to join the movement to live the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness”.


Learn how you can get involved at:



September 11 through 17, 2016


Glad we talked about this. Of course, it is just my opinion.


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