Mental health and wellness is for everyone. Every client. Every colleague. Every community.

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is committed to improving the mental well-being and overall wellness of all Missourians. The Department is working to develop, promote, and implement an overall wellness program to help DMH team members and all Missourians be well and healthy where they live, work, learn, and play.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical, mental, and emotional health outcomes.

Our work is guided by The Eight Dimensions of Wellness, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Environmental - Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being

Emotional - Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

Financial - Satisfaction with current and future financial situations

Social - Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system

Spiritual - Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life

Occupational - Personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work

Physical - Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep and nutrition

Intellectual ;- Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

Adapted from Swarbrick, M. (2006) A Wellness Approach. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(4), 311-314.


The Wellness Overview
Learn about practicing healthy habits everyday for a good quality of life.

DMH 8 Dimensions of Workplace Wellness Guide
DMH facilities, programs and regional offices can use the Eight Dimensions of Wellness to implement a holistic, comprehensive approach to wellness.

DMH CARES - Shift Change
Brief exercises to reduce stress and improve wellness during pre-shift, mid-shift, and post-shift.

DMH CARES - Three Good Things
A science-based exercise that promotes wellbeing, positivity, and gratitude.

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Create a Healthier Life

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services provides a free, step-by-step guide to wellness.

Healthiest Self Wellness Toolkit

National Institutes of Health wellness toolkits highlight evidence-based tips for living well and improving your health.


Workplace Initiatives

Mental Health America's workplace initiatives focus on employee's mental health and well-being and promote meaningful change in organizational practices.

Workplace Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides research-based tools and resources to help employers develop or expand a workplace health promotion program.


Wellness Initiatives