Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.
Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.
Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.
Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
The concept that wellness is multi-dimensional, holistic, goes beyond symptom management, and is central to psychiatric rehabilitation was described by Dr. Peggy Swarbrick, an Occupational Therapist, a well-known researcher and a person with a lived experience. More about her initial concepts related to wellness can be found in this article:
Peggy Swarbrick, Dori S. Hutchinson & Kenneth Gill (2008) The Quest for Optimal Health: Can Education and Training Cure What Ails Us?, International Journal of Mental Health, 37:2, 69-88, DOI: 10.2753/IMH0020-7411370203
The Center has created and studies a number of programs and services related to health and wellness which can be found in the research section of our website.