Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a training program and peer support group model developed by CIHS to encourage increased resiliency, wellness, and self-management of health and behavioral health among people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The training and associated Participants Guide were informed and driven by individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders and founded in principles from existing research and programs in chronic disease management such as the Health and Recovery Peer (HARP) Program and the Relaxation Response, developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A powerful program intended to strengthen the peer workforce’s role in healthcare delivery, WHAM provides peer support professionals and volunteers a format for peer support meetings in which consumers engage in 8-week WHAM groups to support one another as they work toward, achieve, and maintain whole health goals.
The skills learned in WHAM help participants engage in self-management and crystalize goals to achieve better whole health and wellness.
The participant guide and training is also available in Spanish.