Whole Health Recovery

Whole Health Action Management or WHAM

Positive Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills

SAMHSA identified four elements that are central to recovery through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is partnering with people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. It also helps family members navigate the behavioral health system. It promotes individual, program, and system-level approaches that foster health and resilience, increases permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports. The initiative also reduces discriminatory barriers.


Health –Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way

 Home –  A stable and safe place to live that supports recovery 

Purpose –  Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school,  volunteerism, family caretaking, creative endeavors, independence, income, and resources to participate in society 

Community – Relationships and social networks provide support, friendship, love, and hope