Wellness Paradigm

The focus of this paradigm is on overall wellness. Recovery from illness is only one part of a person's experience.

People receiving services are responsible for their wellness and everyone shares responsibility for creating empowering environments and communities.

Everyone can achieve amazing levels of wellness that were previously unimagined.

People are empowered and supported to direct their own services.

People may use (rather than take) medication as one of their many wellness tools.

People are afforded the dignity of risk and are empowered to exercise their rights and freedom of choice responsibly.

People know what works well for them and are empowered through education, information, and opportunities to discover what works better and best.

Rich, vibrant and ever better wellness is the goal.

People are first and foremost self-determining human beings and diagnosis is a small part of understanding the challenges related to achieving wellness.

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