Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies: a peer approach is a signature program from Montana’s Peer Network that provides education around the importance of whole health wellness, trauma informed care and peer support. We do this by providing interactive workshops, webinars and through the use of social media. Our workshops are led by individuals in recovery from a mental health diagnosis who bring their own unique perspective to wellness. Together with attendees they will explore the mind body connection and the importance of overall well-being for successful recovery.

Give us a call if you would like more information or to find out how to book us for your location. Call 406-551-1058 or email.

The  Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies workbook is available to purchase for $20 (plus shipping) from Montana’s Peer Network online store.


A Peek Inside the Workbook

  • Definitions
  • Myth and Facts
  • Warning Signs
  • Risk Factors
  • Guiding Principles
  • Dimensions of Recovery
  • Recovery Planning
  • Self-Care
  • Advanced Psychiatric Directives
  • Resiliency
  • Peer Support
  • Advocacy
  • Definitions
  • Symptoms
  • Assessments
  • Pathways to trauma recovery
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

HMHB takes you through each of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness from evaluation to implementation. Worksheets and activities help you define the areas that you would like to work on and how to set goals in each dimension.

Emotional Wellness involves being able to manage the difficult situations in life and experience a full range of emotions while maintaining a healthy perspective.

Emotional wellness includes:

  • Experiencing harmony and fulfillment in all aspects of life
  • Taking a solution-focused approach to life’s challenges
  • Knowing when to ask for help
  • Recognizing one’s expectations of self and others
  • Accepting the limitations of yourself and others
  • Choosing positive emotions such as love, compassion, patience, and understanding
  • Being able to cope with emotions without using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

Financial Wellness is achieved when a person feels in control of their finances:

  • Creating a budget and sticking to it
  • Putting at least some money in savings regularly
  • Paying bills on time or working out payment plans in order to pay bills on time
  • Using money to enrich life, not on self-destructive behaviors

Social Wellness reflects one’s ability to interact in a positive
manner with the people in and around one’s life.

Social Wellness includes good communication, meaningful
relationships, and respect for self and others:

  • Living in harmony
  • Pursuing positive relationships with others
  • Seeking balance between nature and community
  • Developing healthy behaviors
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Spending quality time with friends and family

Spiritual wellness involves exploring our sense of purpose and meaning in life often through prayer, meditation, and/or reflection:

  • Living a life consistent with one’s personal beliefs and values
  • Making the most of everyday experiences
  • Is not dependent on finding answers to life’s questions, but is instead about enjoying the journey
  • Cultivating positive experiences with people and nature
  • A process of self-understanding
  • Recognizes life’s complexities – joy and sorrow, pleasures and fears, doubts and wonders

Occupational Wellness is to experience satisfaction and
enrichment from one’s paid or non-paid work, vocational activities, or education.

The ultimate goal in occupational wellness is to have a sense of purpose, love what you do and live a comfortable life personally and
financially. Occupational wellness can be measured by:

  • Enjoying work
  • Balancing work, purpose, and home demands
  • Progressing toward career goals
  • Achieving personal goals
  • Understanding your sense of purpose
  • Reducing work or study related stress

Intellectual Wellness means a person is able to recognize one’s creative abilities and find ways to expand one’s knowledge and skills.

Intellectual wellness involves seeking personal growth through
education, learning new skills, expressing one’s creativity, and
pursuing personal interests, etc.:

  • Engaging one’s creative abilities
  • Seeking lifelong learning opportunities
  • Challenging oneself
  • Problem-solving
  • Being open to new ideas or ways of thinking
  • Involving oneself with cultural activities

Environmental wellness is related to how we feel about our
environment and how we care for that environment: 

  • Recognizing the limits of earth’s natural resources
  • Conserving energy
  • Keeping a tidy and clean home
  • Volunteering for community causes
  • Being aware of one’s surroundings
  • Recognizing the impact of one’s choices each day
  • Lifestyle contributes to the wellness of one’s environment

Physical wellness refers to how we take care of our bodies.

This involves preventing sickness and healing when sick:

  • Getting enough restful sleep per night (7-8 hours)
  • Exercising regularly (30 minutes/day, 5 days/week)
  • Drinking plenty of water (eight 8 oz. glasses on average a day)
  • Eating healthy, making sure to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables (2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables a day)
  • Doing regular health check-ups with doctors
  • Using sunscreen and other skin damage prevention products
  • Abstaining from tobacco and mind altering substances

SMART Goals Are:

  • Specific: narrowing the goal makes it easier to do
  • Measurable: allows you to see your progress
  • Attainable: don’t set yourself up for failure, set yourself up for success
  • Relevant: make it a goal YOU want to do for your own wellness
  • Timely: start with short term goals, so you are not tempted to give up before you see change

HMHB Project was funded from 2013-2015 by SAMHSA via a Statewide Consumer Networking Grant #1H79SM061322-01

Julio Brionez of Mental Health America of Montana interviewed Robin Johnson in 2013 when Montana’s Peer Network received our first grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Robin talks about the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Project.