Wellness Resources



SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness   Making the Eight Dimensions of Wellness part of daily life can improve mental and physical health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.

What is Wellness?  Wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health, and vice versa. It is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being.


Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress. You can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing these challenges in your life.


Wellness Strategies!  Visit this SAMHSA webpage to learn about the best possible outcomes and most effective approach to caring for people with multiple health care needs.  The page includes wellness worksheets, information on food education, physical activity, weight management, smoking cessation, diabetes management, peer support, and more.

Why Is Wellness Important?   The short answer:  For individuals with behavioral health conditions, embracing wellness can improve quality and years of life.


FREE!  Printable 2-page document from SAMHSA:
What Individuals in Recovery need to know about WELLNESS.

FREE!  Printable 22-page document from SAMHSA:
Creating a Healthier Life _(A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness)



Policy Research Associates Launches New Well-Being and Wellness Resources Webpage!

Here you can access tools that may be of benefit to you, those you serve, or those you support.  You’ll find podcasts, animated videos, fact sheets, journal articles, workbooks, and more on this new page. The resources available will continue to grow as we expand our work, so please check back frequently and keep an eye on the PRA eNews to stay up to date on our well-being efforts.

Check out the new PRA Well-Being and Wellness Resources Page!

PRA is committed to the well-being and wellness of individuals with behavioral health conditions. To help spread information about the importance of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness in Recovery, they created a podcast series to address each pillar of wellness.  Click this link to access the PRA podcasts.




Program to Achieve Wellness (PAW)

SAMHSA – The Program to Achieve Wellness (PAW) offers a variety of resources geared towards wellness techniques that promote recovery and holistic well-being for persons across the country. Interact with individuals who have lived with and recovered from mental and/or substance use disorders, gain access to wellness products and tools, and receive tools and best practices for achieving wellness goals via technical assistance.



Workplace Wellness

(Provided by Mental Health America)

Do you Love or Hate your Job?
Loving or hating a job can cause more or less stress in life.  Did you know, 70% of those currently employed are searching for other jobs?


Live Your Life Well – 10 Tools

These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.  (Provided by Mental Health America)

  1. Connect with others
  2. Stay positive
  3. Get physically active
  4. Help others
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Create joy and satisfaction
  7. Eat well
  8. Take care of your spirit
  9. Deal better with hard times
  10. Get professional help if you need it




WELLNESS topics to explore . . .

 The 8 Dimensions of Wellness


1.  Mental Health (Emotional)

Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

 2.  Environment

Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being

3.  Financial Health

Satisfaction with current and future financial situations

4.  Intellectual

Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

5.  Occupational

Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work

 6.  Physical Health

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.  Spiritual

Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.