( ENSPIRE Health & Wellness ) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Guide For Wellness Offers A Broad Approach To Health & Wellness
ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services that oversees public health initiatives to improve the nation’s behavioral health. The objective of SAMHSA is to lessen the impact of substance addiction and mental illness on communities across the United States. The events of the world today have a significant effect on people’s behavioral health, dealing with everything from COVID-19, job loss, financial strains, lack of socialization, depression, anxiety, and more. Stress and the inability to cope often lead one to substance use.
SAMHSA aims to provide continual information and resources beneficial to providing a broad approach to behavioral health and wellness. The organization offers resources for suicide prevention, substance use treatment, veteran crisis, and disaster distress, to name a few. You can find a full list of available resources on the SAMHSA Website.
SAMHSA wants to ensure people know it is okay to seek or ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of strength, and we all need help at some point in our life. And it’s important that we all take a moment and evaluate our mental health, seek advice, and understand the available resources.
The Wellness Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) envisions a future in which persons with mental or substance use disorders pursue health, happiness, recovery, and a full and rewarding existence in society. If you or anyone you know needs to speak confidentially to someone, please refer to the SAMSHA Website, where a list of resources is available. In addition, a copy of the SAMSHA Creating A Healthier Life, A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness is available here.
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