Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 130–138 | Cite as

Integrating Wellness, Recovery, and Self-management for Mental Health Consumers

  • Evelina W. SterlingEmail author
  • Silke A. von Esenwein
  • Sherry Tucker
  • Larry Fricks
  • Benjamin G. Druss
Original Paper


Three distinct, yet interrelated, terms—wellness, recovery, and self-management—have received increasing attention in the research, consumer, and provider communities. This article traces the origins of these terms, seeking to understand how they apply, individually and in conjunction with one another to mental health consumers. Each shares a common perspective that is health-centered rather than disease-centered and that emphasizes the role of consumers as opposed to professional providers as the central determinants of health and well-being. Developing approaches combining elements of each construct may hold promise for improving the overall health and well-being of persons with serious mental disorders.


Serious mental illness Chronic disease Wellness Recovery Self-management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelina W. Sterling
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Silke A. von Esenwein
    • 1
  • Sherry Tucker
    • 1
  • Larry Fricks
    • 1
  • Benjamin G. Druss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.MariettaUSA

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