When “I” is replaced with “We,” illness becomes wellness


According to Macomb County Community Mental Health (MCCMH), “A healthy community is one in which all members are encouraged in the pursuit of meaningful relationships, activities and goals.” And a healthy community encompasses many dimensions of health and well-being. SAMHSA, the US government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has identified eight areas that contribute to complete wellness, which are:

Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

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

Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations

Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work

Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep

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

Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

To help area residents achieve all dimensions of wellness, three years ago, MCCMH built the Commonwealth website. It is an online tool people can use to find opportunities that help them use their strengths, engage in their interests, access resources, build social relationships, celebrate recovery/well-being, and contribute to the well-being of the community. Implementation of the site is done by Macomb County Community Mental Health, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Detroit/Wayne Mental Health Authority

Approximately 400 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, educational entities, houses of worship, and faith-based organizations have posted a variety of information on events that promote wellness in all of its dimensions.

This holistic initiative taps into the truth that relationships bring powerful meaning and wealth to life, and that using the qualities we enjoy and value in ourselves is what connects us to satisfaction and leads us to greater accomplishment.

According to Amy Smolski, who manages site content for Macomb, it is “a site for well-being activities. We really want to address the different dimension of wellness, and a person’s spirituality is definitely one of those dimensions. We really want to recognize the importance of cultural and spiritual wellness.”

You can view events that are posted at http://www.micommonwealth.com. The site is searchable by key word, category, price, or location.

It is free to list events. Just send an email with a PDF flyer attached that includes event name, location, date, time, price, etc. to commonwealth@mccmh.net.