Managing Health and Wellbeing for People with Disabilities or Chronic Conditions

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for yourself, a friend, or a family member. Learn how treatment helps people living with serious mental illness lead healthy and fulfilling lives. SAMHSA can help you find it.

The SAMHSA's practical definition of recovery defines recovery as a process of change through which people improve their health and well-being, lead self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. The recovery process is very personal and occurs through many avenues. It may include clinical treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, personal care, and other approaches. Recovery is characterized by continuous growth and improvement in health and well-being and by the management of setbacks.

Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery. Overcoming or managing one's own illnesses or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being The Office, a national clearing house and resource for recovery-oriented care in the areas of mental health, substance use and coexistence, promotes a recovery-oriented care system, working in partnership with leaders of the recovery community, tracking progress over time and identifying barriers to system transformation in order to solve them. Implement recovery-oriented principles and practices in real-world practice settings with diverse groups of people diagnosed with behavioral health conditions. Resilience refers to an individual's ability to cope with change and adversity. Resilience develops over time and gives the individual the ability not only to cope with life's challenges, but also to be better prepared for the next stressful situation.

Psychological resilience, the ability to cope with adversity and adapt to stressful life events, varies widely from person to person and depends on environmental and personal factors. It refers to positive adaptation, or the ability to maintain mental and physical health despite participating in stressful situations. Resilience is harnessing these protective factors so that they can overcome risk factors. Optimism and the ability to maintain hope are essential to resilience and the recovery process. These experiences can result in increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, pain, and isolation.

The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being. Support from peers and friends is also crucial to engaging and supporting people in recovery. SAMHSA's advanced recovery support systems to promote partnerships with people who are recovering from mental and substance use disorders and their families to guide the behavioral health system and promote individual, programmatic, and systemic approaches that promote health and resilience; increase housing to support recovery; reduce barriers to employment, education, and other life goals; and ensure necessary social supports in the chosen community. Find more publications and resources about recovery and recovery support. Individuals, families and communities that have experienced social and economic disadvantages are more likely to face greater obstacles to their overall health. Characteristics such as race or ethnicity, religion, low socioeconomic status, gender, age, mental health, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, geographical location, or other characteristics historically related to exclusion or discrimination are known to influence health status. SAMHSA is committed to addressing these health disparities by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health support programs, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery.

This commitment is reinforced through the agency's disparity impact statement which monitors programs and activities to ensure that access use and outcomes are equitable among racial ethnic and other under-resourced populations. The SAMHSA's mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health prevent substance abuse provide treatment and support to promote recovery while ensuring equitable access better outcomes. If a primary care provider does not have access to mental health providers or necessary resources there is a wide range of supports that can be accessed independently. The American Association of People with Disabilities has a wealth of resources that can help identify accessible treatment and support. There are also a wide variety of support groups social media platforms that can help connect with others who are in a similar situation. If access to behavioral health resources through an employer either directly or through a partner or parent is an available option you can specifically request professionals versed in treating people with disabilities.

Support groups allow you to connect with others who have the same long-term condition. A support group between people with shared experiences can function as a bridge between medical emotional needs. The specific causes are unknown but several factors can increase a person's risk of mental illness such as family history brain chemistry important life events such as trauma or the death of a loved one. According to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly one in five adults lives with a mental illness In fact research shows that people with long-term physical conditions are more than twice as likely to develop mental health problems. That facilitate recovery well-being connection coordination between service providers other supports that have been shown improve quality life people families who are recovering seeking recover.

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