The Pledge for Wellness is a call to action for individuals, providers, organizations, communities, tribes, and states to commit to wellness.
Wellness is essential to adding years of life for all Americans, including individuals with serious mental illness or substance abuse. Wellness relates to the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about oneself and life. According to the 2010 Manderscheid, Ryff, Freeman, McKnight-Eily, Dhingra, and Strine article, efforts to promote wellness and well-being can improve overall health, delay onset of chronic diseases, and enable personal success in family, community, and work.
For National Wellness Week, take the Pledge for Wellness. The Pledge for Wellness is a call to action for individuals, providers, organizations, communities, tribes, and states to commit to wellness.
According to the 2015 Pratt, Druss, Manderscheid, and Walker article, individuals with anxiety or depression had a 60% higher mortality than those without these conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., often coupled with anxiety disorders, which affect 18% of American adults. For individuals with schizophrenia, the 2015 Olfson, Gerhard, and Huang study found this population experienced mortality 3.5 times the rate of the general population. In both populations, behavioral risk factors like smoking and lack of physical activity contributed to premature mortality, as reported in the 2015 Pratt, Druss, Manderscheid, and Walker article
Take the Pledge for Wellness and make a commitment to improve the health and well-being of individuals with serious mental illness or substance abuse. Whether through individual behavior changes, community mobilizing, policy changes, or social or familial support, the Pledge for Wellness is an opportunity to come together and commit to wellness!