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.
Receive DMH CARES Microlearning Lessons to your mobile phone!
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services provides a free, step-by-step guide to wellness.
National Institutes of Health wellness toolkits highlight evidence-based tips for living well and improving your health.
Mental Health America's workplace initiatives focus on employee's mental health and well-being and promote meaningful change in organizational practices.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides research-based tools and resources to help employers develop or expand a workplace health promotion program.
- DMH CARES
- MO Well-Being Playbook
- Public Health Infrastructure Grant
The Public Health Infrastructure Grant is intended to promote workforce mental health and well-being for local public health agencies.
WORKplace WELLbeing promotes overall organizational well-being through a trauma informed approach. It’s about building the infrastructure to create a safe culture in every corner of Missouri, so we can speak openly about mental health.
TeachWell is a text-based wellness program from the Missouri Department of Mental Health as a thank you to educators. This program aims to support the mental health and well-being of educators, recognizing that their emotional and mental well-being directly impacts their ability to create a positive learning environment for students.