The Wellness Shack, Inc. is a peer-run, independent, non-profit organization serving as a Recovery Center for those with mental illness or mental health issues in the Eau Claire area. A Recovery Center is defined as a place for individuals with mental health issues seeking wellness. We utilize two primary programs as the foundation for accomplishing our mission. The first was developed through a national summit conducted by the Federal agency of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA).
- SAMHSA’s 10 Components of Recovery
- Self-Direction:Consumers determine their own path of recovery with their autonomy, independence, and control resources.
- Individualized and Person-Centered:There are multiple pathways to recovery based on an individuals unique strengths as well as his or her needs, preferences, experiences, and cultural background
- Empowerment:Consumers have the authority to participate in all decisions that will affect their lives, and they are educated and supported in this process.
- Holistic:Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community. Recovery embraces all aspects of life, including housing, social networks, employment, mental health and health Care Treatment, and family supports.
- Non-linear:Recovery is not a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks, and learning from experience.
- Strength-Based:Recovery focuses on valuing and building on the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent worth of individuals. The process of recovery moves forward through interaction with others in supportive, trust-based relationships.
- Peer Support: Mutual support plays an invaluable role in recovery. Consumers encourage and engage others in recovery and provide each other with a sense of belonging
- Respect:Eliminating discrimination and stigma are crucial in achieving recovery. Self acceptance and regaining belief in oneself are particularly vital.
- Responsibility:Consumer have personal responsibility for their own self-care and journeys of recovery. Consumers identify coping strategies and healing processes to promote their own wellness.
- Hope:Hope is the catalyst of the recovery process and provides the essential and motivating message of a positive future. Peers, families, friends, providers, and others can help promote hope.
Along with the development of the 10 components, SAMHSA also developed a definition of mental health recovery.
We define wellness as encompassing an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community.