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A Recovery Perspective on Wellness: Connection, Awareness, Congruence

  • Cory R. Cummings
  • Kia J. Bentley
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Abstract

Wellness is an important construct and is foundational in efforts to improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life. This study involves a qualitative inquiry into the meaning of wellness for a group of people who experience persistent challenges with mental health and who are connected with the Mental Health Recovery Movement. Eleven participants were interviewed, sharing their experiences of how wellness was present in their lives, what things threaten and support it, and what it takes to maintain it. Results depict wellness as a dynamic and complex concept represented in themes of connection, awareness, and congruence. Participants’ experiences with recovery appear highly reflected in these results and the relationship between these two concepts are considered. Findings provide preliminary insights guiding healthcare practitioners towards a more complete and holistic definition of wellness, a potentially valuable tool in supporting the recovery and wellbeing of people with serious and persistent mental health challenges.

Keywords

Wellness Mental health recovery Health promotion Serious mental illness Lived experience Qualitative inquiry Congruence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkMonmouth UniversityWest Long BranchUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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