Submit Creative Works on Wellness for Sept 16-22 National Wellness Week

As part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA is launching the third annual National Wellness Week from September 16-22, 2013 to promote the many ways that social inclusion, trauma-informed care, and the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can improve quality of life and increase life expectancy for people diagnosed with mental health issues.


During National Wellness Week, we aim to inspire individuals to improve one's physical health, while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness.


During this week, peer-run, faith-based and other community organizations, as well as mental health, substance addiction and physical healthcare providers host events and promote messages encouraging the Eight Dimensions of Wellness (Emotional, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Occupational, Physical, Intellectual, and Environmental).


Submission Guidelines

As part of National Wellness Week (September 16-22, 2013), Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, the National Empowerment Center, and the other Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers—the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, NAMI Star Center, and the Family Cafe TA Center –invite you to submit a piece of original creative work expressing what wellness means in your lives and for your communities.


Your submissions will help raise public awareness about the importance of embracing a wellness-based perspective, in mental health services as well as our communities at large.

Submissions are due September 9, 2013.


Submission guidelines:

- Selected works will be showcased on the web and at Alternatives 2013.

- Please email your original submissions to:

- or mail them to:

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center

Attn: Wellness Works 2013

10150 SE Ankeny St. Suite 201-A

Portland, OR 97216


Submissions can include:

One poem (limit 3 pages)

One piece of visual art (attached as a .JPEG or .PDF file)

One song (attached as an .MP3 file)

One digital video (5 minutes or less; send YouTube/other hyperlink or .MP4 digitalvideo file)


Along with your submission, feel free to submit links to your personal/community websites and/or Twitter/YouTube/other social media pages.


PLEASE NOTE: Selected submissions will be posted on this website as well as part of an arts slide show at Alternatives 2013.





Call: 1-888-820-0138 and ask for Nicole.