10×10 Wellness Week Launch

Today I attended SAMHSA Town Hall Meeting via teleconference. SAMHSA works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services. I wasn’t sure if it will be related to happiness, but I dialed in and oh, boy, I wasn’t disappointed. I felt that hundreds of organizations are working together and willing to share their resources to help individuals and groups to be well and stay well, no matter where they are coming from. Even if you are happy and healthy now, you need to know how to stay this way and help others to learn it.

As part of National Recovery Month, National Wellness Week is launched (September 19–25, 2011).

•Inspire individuals to incorporate dimensions of wellness into their lives

•Get involved by taking the Pledge for Wellness

•Join us at 10:10 a.m. and p.m. on Friday, September 23rd for the 10:10 Line Dance for Wellness

•Host a 10:10 Line Dance for Wellness Party and invite others to be part of this life-saving cause

Vision: A future in which people with mental and substance use disorders pursue optimal health, happiness, recovery, and a full and satisfying life in the community via access to a range of effective services, supports, and resources.

Pledge: To promote wellness for people with mental and substance use disorders by taking action to reduce early mortality by 10 years in 10 years

Wellness is not the absence of disease, illness, and stress but the presence of:

•Purpose in life;

•Active involvement in satisfying work and play;

•Joyful relationships;

•A healthy body and living environment; and


BHTalk is SAMHSA’s free social forum where you can:

–Tell your National Wellness Week activity;

–Interact with others doing Wellness programs; and

–Provide input about the 10×10 Wellness Campaign;

–Register at http://www.bhtalk.org and click on the 10×10 Wellness Campaign Group;

–Sign the pledge at http://www.10×10.samhsa.gov;

-Put yourself on the map by emailing 10×10@samhsa.hhs.gov.

Download full presentation in PDF WellnessTown Hall.

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