We Must All Help to Eradicate Healthcare Inequities!

We Can All Help to Make a Difference.

Huffington Post says, “Racism is a Mental Health Crisis”, and given the representation of racial disparities that are existent in today’s current health care practices, resources, systemically oppressed lawmaking and governing we should all be held accountable for our commitment to demanding racial equality for all Americans to include our low-income, African American, & mentally challenged, vulnerable citizens living in and around the Nation’s Capital.

Despite representing approximately 80% of coronavirus deaths, African Americans living in the Nation's Capital have continually been faced with daily & constant exposure to high levels of “toxic” stress brought on by heavy gun violence and systemic campaigns of physical, emotional, & mental terrorism disguised in the form of inadequate policies, policing, and programming with the absence of culturally appropriate mental health & trauma representations on the community level. The District currently ranks at the top of the list for Opioid overdosed deaths, and H.I.V. diagnosed individuals. The time to act is now!

Regardless of the nature of the condition, what all people with mental health, social economic problems and illnesses have in common is the hope that when they seek help for their condition, they will receive care that enables them to either eliminate it or to manage it successfully so that they can live happy, productive, and satisfying lives—care that enables them to recover with dignity.  Unless we act the stigma against low-income & minority persons with mental challenges, exposures, & diagnoses will continue!

Please stand with us and give from your heart! If we each give something towards helping to save a life, we can all begin to rejoice in the wonderment of human kindness and the true preservation of humanity.

  • $10 million dollars annually with a minimum 10 year commitment.
  • Name on trauma center.
  • Partner recognition at “ribbon cutting” press conference.
  • Customized 38x46 portrait prominently displayed in trauma center.
  • Seat on the board of directors.
  • V.I.P. guest pass at quarterly “construction reveal” reception.
  • Video profile portal with Platinum “nameplate” in trauma center's lobby area.
  • Lifetime complimentary use of trauma center's V.I.P. lounge & conference center amenities.
  • Large check presentation during holiday “fundraiser event” to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Name recognition & donor level indication added to all advertised & marketed materials, i.e. website, social media, & formal stationery.
  • V.I.P. complimentary table of 10, at the trauma center's “unveiling” Grand Holiday Reception dinner to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Tax donation receipt
  • Capital City Emergency Trauma Center t-shirt & coffee mug

  • $2.5 million dollars annually with a minimum 5 year commitment.
  • Customized 38x46 portrait prominently displayed in trauma center.
  • Seat on the board of advisors.
  • V.I.P. guest pass at quarterly “construction reveal” reception.
  • Video profile portal with Gold “nameplate” located in trauma center.
  • Lifetime complimentary use of trauma center's V.I.P. lounge & conference room center amenities.
  • Large check presentation during holiday “fundraiser event” to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Name recognition & donor level indication added to all advertised & marketed materials, i.e. website, social media, & formal stationery.
  • 4 V.I.P. complimentary tickets to the trauma center's “unveiling” Grand Holiday Reception dinner to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Tax donation receipt
  • Capital City Emergency Trauma Center t-shirt & coffee mug

  • $1.5 million dollars one time donation.
  • Customized “namesake adoption” of trauma center's wing(s), ward(s), operating, waiting rooms, & resource center.
  • Large check presentation during holiday “fundraiser event” to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Name & photo added to the trauma center's website, & the video portal of digital photos, impact victims, & donors.
  • 4 V.I.P. complimentary tickets to the trauma center's “unveiling” Grand Holiday Reception dinner to be held December 18, 2021.
  • Tax donation receipt
  • Capital City Emergency Trauma Center t-shirt & coffee mug

  • $25,000 dollars
    one time donation.
  • Customized family “namesake” added to prominent lobby area donor wall.
  • Name & photo added to the trauma center's website, & the video portal of digital photos, impact victims, & donors.
  • Complimentary “reserved seating” & 50% “discounted” ticket pricing at the trauma center's “unveiling” Grand Holiday Reception dinner to be held on
    December 18, 2021.
  • Tax donation receipt
  • Capital City Emergency Trauma Center t-shirt & coffee mug

  • Tax donation receipt
  • Added to the trauma center's digital portal donor database
  • Capital City Emergency Trauma Center t-shirt & coffee mug

We are excited to invite our wonderful audience of supporters to engage and to partake in such a worthwhile and necessary charitable event aimed at raising money for the benefit of saving lives. We are humbly seeking donations of reputable and items of an inviting nature, to enroll in our catalog of items to be donated for auction in exchange you will receive a tax donation receipt for the agreed upon fair market value of the item being donated. The following are recommended items of interest that we believe would make this charitable affair a “hit” with many of our viewing and registered audience of supporters. Of course there are many items of value that would be a welcomed addition to our on-line silent auction process, in which silent, & open bidding will begin, starting Monday, November 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

 

We are asking our supporters and donors for donations of items to be displayed and to be auctioned to the highest bidder.

 

The official date for the collection and donation of items to be auctioned during the silent charity auction period will begin, Friday, October 1, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, November 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

 

Donation tax receipts will be issued upon the completion of auction items being registered and upon acceptable verification from the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Fundraising committee of volunteers, using the sign-up form above.

  • Picnic/Camping Basket.
  • Date Night Basket.
  • Local Business Advertising, Marketing, or Social Media Packages.
  • Regional Food & Wine Basket.
  • Spa Day Basket.
  • Tropical/Luxury Getaways.
  • VIP Season Passes to Sporting, Concerts, Art Events, or Broadway Show Events.
  • Drones or other Tech Toys.
  • Valuable Art, Artifacts, & Paintings.
  • Gift Certificates for Golfing equipment & gaming fees, etc.
  • Professional Camera, Computer, or the Latest Smartphone
  • Any item of value that would prove interesting or that will garner multiple levels of bidding and enjoyment for the successful bidder(s).

 

Everyone can participate in the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma &
Wellness Center’s success. As stated above the silent auction will commence on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., at which time interested bidders can register to become active charity auction participants/bidders. Upon completion of the registration process which includes a non-refundable fee of $25.00, prospective bidders will be provided with a complete description of the silent auction rules and a registration number, which will allow them to commence placing bids at the bidding start date noted above. All bids can be withdrawn up until the noted date of the charity auction expiration date. All bids that are verified to be active after the charity auction expiration date will be considered final and cannot be withdrawn.

 

Bidders will be allowed to view items available for bidding right here on this
website, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, and place as many bids as they wish prior to the announcement of the expiration of the bidding period, which is scheduled to be Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. All bids must be entered electronically to be considered. Upon receipt of your bid, a notification of bid acknowledgment will be sent to the email address provided.

 

All successful, winning bids will be announced via email within 72 hours of the bidding expiration period noted above at which time certified payment in full will be due prior to the disbursement of any items to a successful bidder. Each item once displayed will have a minimum bid amount posted along with any additional pertinent information and description of the item being auctioned. All additional questions should be forwarded to info@healthydcandme.org.

 

Good Luck & Thank-You for supporting our efforts on behalf of families in the Nation’s Capital and beyond who deserve higher standards in mental wellness, healthcare, & matters of trauma to help improve their quality of life as it should be for all American citizens.

 

Your participation is needed. Your generosity is appreciated. Your commitment is the glue that will help us to change the lives of many. #Mentalhealthmatters!

 

*This is a charitable event and all items collected will become the property of the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition. The items are intended to be auctioned/sold for the purposes of acquiring funds which will be solely donated to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center Fundraising Initiative. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in this on-line silent auction charity event.

 

Our “12 Levels of Giving” have been designed to provide everyone with a chance to “Win” at helping us to “preserve and save” lives in and around the Nation’s Capital.

 

Research supports that when we donate our “efforts of giving” to be kind at helping others, it makes us happier, gives us a sense of purpose, and it not only makes the world better but us better also.

 

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is asking everyone to purchase a raffle ticket(s) today to help support the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s fundraising initiative and to also receive an exciting opportunity at winning 1 of 3 great prizes being offered, to include cash money!

 

That is right we are all in this together and for as little as $5 you too can be a part of this great initiative, not to mention you could become our 1st Place, $25,000 Bronze Wall Donor Package Winner!

 

What, you ask is exciting about this?

 

Well for starters your family’s “namesake” will be added to our Trauma Center lobby’s prominently displayed “Bronze Wall of Fame” which will be “a marvelous sight” for all patrons to see as they grace our uniquely built Trauma & Wellness Center with their presence for care, and to marvel at the success of this amazing center.

 

Here’s your chance to become one of an elite group of families and community of donors whose namesake will “elegantly & permanently” become a part of our Trauma & Wellness Center’s legacy for many years to come. Imagine this for a mere investment of $5. Are you feeling lucky?

 

It can truly happen!

 

How awesome? Just imagine your family’s namesake will be “embedded” forever as a $25,000 donor towards this historic center of African American “pride” and “excellence” to be erected in our Nation’s Capital just for purchasing a $5 “raffle” ticket.

 

History has taught us, that great things happen when we least expect them!
Purchase your ticket(s) today for a chance to make history with the
Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition.

 

Each ticket costs $5.00. Or Purchase 3 tickets for $10.00.

 

1st Place prize: $25,000 Bronze Wall "Trauma Center" Donor recognition. Also included: Your name & photo will be added to the trauma center's website, & it’s video portal of digital photos, impact victims, & donors which will also permanently be on display for all to see as they stroll the halls of the “historically” built Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center in the Nation’s Capital.

 

2nd Place prize: Set of "TaylorMade" Golf Irons. Or receive $500.00 in cash.
(Retail Price: $799.00) You choose which gift you want!

 

 

3rd Place prize: 50" Flat Screen

 

For More Details: Info@healthydcandme.org
Drawing Date: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. “Live” from the Healthy DC & Me Facebook page! Friend us on Facebook today!

 

*Winners do not need to be present to win. All winners will be notified via their contact information provided. Click Registration Form Above to complete your purchase.

 

*This is a charitable event and all monies collected will be non-refundable. Monies collected will be solely donated to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center Fundraising Initiative. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in this on-line voluntary purchase of the CCETWC raffle ticket fundraising initiative.

T-Shirt Front

T-Shirt Back

Calling All HBCU’s, Colleges, Church Communities, Educational Communities, Real Estate Groups, Mortgage Professionals, Investment Groups, Insurance Brokers, Small Businesses, Social Clubs, Corporations, Sororities, Fraternities, Sports Teams, you name it.

The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center is challenging your group’s commitment to “Excellence”! Help us to exceed our fundraising goal of recruiting over 10,000 CCETWC “Network of Excellence” Peer to Peer t-shirt “inspired” donors. “Excellence is a mark of greatness!” Preserving Black lives in the Nation’s Capital & beyond is going to take an exceptional “village” of greatness, our “peers” to stand with us. We have reserved a “unique” space inside of our Trauma Center model to showcase you, our “Village”!

Launching this Trauma Center fundraising initiative is such a phenomenal experience, and we would love it if your group joined us in our efforts! It would be an honor and our privilege. We look forward to being inspired by your good work and your philanthropic efforts on behalf of the Trauma Center’s success!

Please register your group for this history making endeavor in honor of
“Preserving Black Lives” in the Nation’s Capital and beyond. Secure your group’s place on our Trauma Center’s Peer to Peer “Network of Excellence” wall today! The success of the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center in the Nation’s Capital is going to be celebrated by many! Plan to add your team’s logo, brand, mission, & spirit to this remarkable journey of pride and restoration today!

Together we will help to eradicate the presence of health inequities and lower standards of care for many low-income and vulnerable families living with diminished realities of health, happiness, and systems of genuine resources and support.

Peer to Peer “Network of Excellence” Wall Group Qualifying Requirements

Platinum T-Shirt Donor Level = $87,500
(3,500 (+) Shirts sold @ $25.00 each)

Gold T-Shirt Donor Level = $50,000
(2,000 (+) Shirts sold @ $25.00 each)

Silver T-Shirt Donor Level = $25,000
(1,000 (+) Shirts sold @ $25.00 each)

Bronze Donor Level = $12,500
(500 (+) Shirts sold @ $25.00 each)

● Which level of “excellence” will your group achieve?
● Will your group’s “bio” & “team photo” make the wall?
● Does your group have what it takes to “rise & shine” for this momentous occasion?
● Which groups will claim the “top tier”?
● Is your group ready to join our “village”?
● Is your group ready for a little friendly competition while also helping to save lives?
● How many t-shirt donations will your group collect in honor of the CCETWC’s success?

*Group Registrations are now open. All groups are welcome to participate. The minimum required amount of t-shirt donations needed to qualify for group placement on the “Network of Excellence” wall are 500 t-shirts. Each donor tier on the wall has a minimum of 15 spaces reserved for customized corresponding donor level group plaques, to include group photo & bio. All qualifying groups will earn a permanent placement on our Trauma Center’s Peer to Peer “Network of Excellence” wall which will proudly be displayed in the Trauma Center’s designated “atrium” section. Access the above group registration form today. It is time to grow our trauma center’s “village” of supporters! We are striving for excellence! Please join us!

For more information: info@healthydcandme.org

*Group accumulated t-shirt donations will be recorded and stored upon receipt of each paid order, up until contest expiration date of Sunday, December 12th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. All “Network of Excellence” Peer to Peer registered and qualifying groups will be announced at the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s “Holiday Party” on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Winners do not need to be present to win. All winners will be notified via their contact information provided. Click Registration Form Above to Get Started.

*This is a charitable event and all monies collected will be non-refundable. Monies collected will be solely donated to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center Fundraising Initiative. Must be a group to qualify for placement on the Peer to Peer “Network of Excellence” Trauma Center wall. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in this on-line voluntary CCETWC Peer to Peer “Network of Excellence” t-shirt donor fundraising initiative. The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition appreciates all its supporters and donors. This initiative is not meant to exclude anyone from participating and ordering t-shirts to help benefit the overall Trauma Center’s mission of saving lives.

TEXT THE WORD “TRAUMA” TO 866-2-SAVEDC! (866) 272-8332


For a fast, convenient, easy, and secure way to make your donation today text the word “Trauma” from your cell phone to 866-2-SAVEDC!

“Text-to-donate” is another way that allows our donors and supporters to donate towards the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s fundraiser initiative.

Donors can text the above “keyword” “Trauma” (not case sensitive), to the “866” number noted above and receive a link for completing their donations discreetly as well as remotely. Whether you are on the go, or in a meeting, “texting” your donation is so simple, you can save this information to your phone to make your donation in less than 5 minutes and keep on with your day!

Technological advances help to keep us connected to the people and the things that matter to us the most. The ease of being able to help save lives is as simple as texting, clicking the link, and making your donation.

We appreciate our donors. Please share with everyone that you know!

Please tell them to “TEXT” the word “Trauma” to 866-2-SAVEDC! It is going to take all of us. Text, click, donate today! Funding the mission must be done, and helping the cause just got easier!

Text your donation for the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s fundraiser today. Remember that every little bit helps. Set your reminder for future donations and become a member of our “angel donor” network! Remember the number to text to make your donation is 866-2-SAVEDC (866-272-8332). Do not forget to text the keyword which is “Trauma”!

*Tax donation receipts will be emailed to the email address associated with the registration of the deposit that is being made.

*This is a charitable event and all monies donated will be non-refundable. Monies collected will be donated solely to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center Fundraising Initiative. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in the on-line voluntary CCETWC “Text-to-Donate” option for making donor contributions. The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition appreciates all its supporters and donors.

It is important to note that the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s existing “fundraising” packages are “recommended” donor packaging designed to “reward” identified and targeted “levels of giving” from our wonderful community of supporters, sponsors, and angel donors!

Perhaps your or your organization’s intentions for giving are not represented in the current Trauma Center’s fundraiser “pre-determined” donor levels and packaging. We realize the importance of making sure that each of our committed donors know just how important they and their donations are to the CCETWC’s overall success.

This “Large Check” presentation provision is designed to offer you or your organization an opportunity to customize the level and amount of contribution that you intend to give towards ensuring the Trauma Center’s success. Every donation is appreciated, and we would like to assure that donations of $1,000.00 or more be made eligible to be presented “live” when a donor request is made via the above registration form.

The requested “large check” donation presentation can either occur virtually or in person, at our Juneteenth “kick-off” fundraiser event to be held on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, or at our Holiday “celebratory” Reception to be held on Saturday, December 18th, 2021, or at one of the many planned Trauma Center construction “reveal” reception events due to take place in conjunction with the CCETWC’s next, (6) six-months of continued fundraising and community “pop-up” scheduled events. Further information is available via email at info@healthydcandme.org.

*This is a charitable event and all monies donated will be non-refundable. Monies collected will be solely donated to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center fundraising initiative. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in the on-line voluntary CCETWC “Large Check Presentation” option for making donor contributions. The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition appreciates all its supporters and donors.

CCETWC Trauma Documentary The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition invites you to tell your story. Everyone has a testimony. Often, we are silent or have been silenced due to the trauma that we have endured in years past, on-going, or recent in nature. Many choose to suffer in silence in hopes that things will change or get better. Unfortunately, the dangers of suicide and self-infliction are very real realities for far too many.

The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center project was born out of an overwhelming need in the community to help individuals of mental health and those individuals who sustain “state of emergency” natured injuries. The unresolved trauma that is plaguing large numbers of individuals and families who are in desperate need of help and demonstrating signs of unstable behavior in the Nation’s Capital, need to be appropriately, and comprehensibly addressed.

The stigma surrounding mental health keeps many community members from acknowledging their own mental challenges, it also keeps them from seeking help. CCETWC is a community-based project modeled to serve the needs of our unhealthy and unstable families who are seeking to improve their quality of living and healthcare options.

There are a broad variety of mental illnesses and diagnoses that one may encounter in their lifetime. In addition countless people are living without adequate and the necessary care that is needed to sustain a decent quality of living in the District. To help individuals and families develop better we must raise the standards of care that are being provided and increase the presence of culturally enriching therapies, mental health resources, and support group networks on the community level.

The gun violence, sex crimes, abuse, substance use, overdosing, terminal health diagnosis, hunger, homelessness, joblessness, and the presence of additional debilitating social determinants have many citizens caught-up in never ending cycles of despair.

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its Mental Health Advocate partner M.I. Mother’s Keeper are spearheading the filming of CCETWC’s “trauma” documentary to help citizens of D.C. who are dealing with ongoing mental health, & trauma induced anxieties, in search of and in need of peace.

It is essential that persons living with mental health challenges and exposures know that they are not alone. Additionally, it is imperative that we keep them alive for as long as we can and help them to find quality care and treatment. We are seeking to empower citizens across the Nation’s Capital. We intend to help them to find their voices and with gaining the courage to tell their stories in order that they can begin to heal and become accountable for their behavioral choices aa well as gain confidence in seeking the proper help.
● Talking about your mental health helps to empower, are you ready to release? Are pinned up frustrations, anger, or fear getting in your way? ● It is time to heal, aren’t you ready to start the journey? ● Did you know that by telling your story it may help others to find their voice? ● Is addiction your past or present reality? Are you holding on to unresolved “hurt”? ● Are you a survivor of foster care, adoption, any type of abuse, or incest?
Register today to tell your story and be included in CCETW’s “trauma” documentary for the betterment of you and members in the community who are struggling to get by and doing so in silence. We are all in this together and The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition are proactively working on interrupting patterns of unhealthy and unaccountable behaviors that are stemming from many years of neglect, lack of appropriate resources, and colonized approaches that have governed how and what levels of treatment and resources low-income families of color could and should receive. Enough is enough! Speak up today! You deserve to be whole. You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be heard.

To Register: Complete the electronic form above. A Healthy DC & Me Leadership advocate will follow-up to schedule your filming.

If you or someone you know are having trouble, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

 

The Healthy D.C. & Me Leadership Coalition will be hosting a “Holiday Reception” party on Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Additional detailed information will be released not later than 90 days prior to the commencement of the event. We are looking forward to celebrating, after (6) six-months of successful & on-going “Trauma Center” fundraising efforts. Supporters and donors are invited to partake in a lavish evening of fellowship and engagement with all of the dedicated and committed people involved with bringing the CCETWC trauma project into existence.

Please plan to join us for our Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center’s in depth “reveal” of its anticipated grandeur layout, design, & artistry.

In an effort to show our gratitude for the enormous amount of support and community partnership involvement, we are offering 35% discounted Holiday Reception event tickets for all “early bird” ticket purchases and RSVP table requests. This discounted offer is available until 8/31/2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Holiday Reception “early bird” ticket price: $65.00 each
(General Admission Ticket Price as of 9/1/2021: $100.00)

Holiday Reception “early bird” Table of 10 price: $650.00 each
(General Admission Table of 10 Price as of 9/1/2021: $1,000.00)

(Food, Beverage, “Live” Entertainment, Guest Speakers, Special invited Guests, and more.)
*Elegant Setting
*Holiday Cheer
*Door Prizes
*All included!
*35% discount already applied.

To reserve your “early bird” seating today, complete the ticket registration form above. Click the “pay now” link to complete your purchase. Ticket confirmation and delivery will be communicated via the email address provided on the registration form.

*This is a charitable event and all monies collected will be non-refundable. Monies collected will be donated solely to the Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center Fundraising Initiative. Participants agree to hold harmless the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition and its subsidiaries from and against claims, damages, losses, and expenses, arising out of or resulting from their participation in the on-line voluntary purchase of CCETWC “early bird” Holiday Reception tickets at a 35% discounted price. The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition appreciates all its supporters and donors.

Be a part of something great!

01

EMERGENCY

“Though force  can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.” 
 
Dwight D. Eisenhower.

02

TRAUMA

“Our community wide post-traumatic stress disorder patients, individuals and our  abandoned, depressed, & self-medicated children are using alcohol, street drugs, & government-supplied marijuana to deal with the “vicious” cycles of despair, trauma, and the lack of culturally appropriate resources and medical professionals.” 

Dr. Edwin C. Chapman, MD

03

WELLNESS

“95% of chronic illness is related to stress, anxiety, depression and inflammation which is potentially preventable and reversible.”

Deepak Chopra

SAMHSA’S Eight Dimensions Of Wellness!

What is Wellness?

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

  • Optimal physical and behavioral health;

  • Purpose in life; Active involvement in satisfying work and play;

  • Joyful relationships; and Happiness.

  • Wellness relates to social factors that can either promote or hinder social inclusion.

  • For many, the impact of trauma, poverty, unemployment, and other social circumstances contributes to the development of behavioral health conditions.

  • Such factors can marginalize individuals from society’s social, economic, educational, recreational, cultural, and health resources.

  • We have a role to play in building healthy, inclusive communities.

  • Individuals with mental or substance use disorders served by the public mental health system die, on average, years earlier than the general population (Parks, 2006).

  • Premature death among this population is largely due to: – Smoking; – Obesity; – Substance use; and – Inadequate access to medical care (NASMHPD, 2008).

  • Wellness can improve quality of life and increase years of life for these individuals.

  • Individuals with severe mental illnesses experience diabetes, hypertension, and obesity at about 1.5 to 2 times the rate of the general population (Fagiolini, 2005; McEvoy, 2005; Newcomer, 2005).

  • Depression has been shown to increase the risk of stroke in women (Pan, 2011).

  • Trauma has lasting adverse effects on an individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being (SAMHSA, n.d.).