Always a lover of the great outdoors, Perry Wellness Center founder Stuart Perry gravitates to learning opportunities outside the classroom. On a recent cool but sunny day, Stuart led the latest Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) program in a sunlit area of Hope Park. Although the sun was inviting, a chilling wind led the group to find a wind-blocked area on the sprawling campus.
As we’ve described before, the WHAM program is a national training and peer support program that promotes increased resiliency, wellness, and self-management of behavioral and physical health among individuals who must deal with the effects of mental illness and substance abuse. The program addresses educational, spiritual, and health components that can better peers’ daily lives and improve overall wellbeing.
On this recent sunny day, the park became a learning lab as the group discussed individual triggers that might have caused behavioral changes in their lives.
"We enjoy our Whole Health Action Management time together,” Stuart noted. “In addition to our one on one sessions, we have these group settings as we work to share problems and solutions. Each individual brings solutions to the table. We are finding these WHAM sessions to be very beneficial."
In the photo, Stuart Perry, at left, and peer leaders of the WHAM program meet to support participating clients and to promote increased wellness.