A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) article describes why a wellness approach is important for individuals with behavioral health conditions, as well as professionals working in the substance abuse and mental health arenas.
In this article, SAMHSA defines wellness as: “…a holistic approach to health that is vital for improving outcomes among people with behavioral health conditions.”
Broadening this perspective, we’d add that wellness is equally essential to promoting positive youth development and preventing substance use and misuse among youth and young adults.
Nevertheless, this is a good article which answers two critical questions for behavioral health providers and consumers:
- Why do we need a wellness approach?
- What is wellness?