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Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training is a peer-led program for people with chronic physical and behavioral health conditions that promotes self-management to create and sustain new health behavior.

Though anyone can benefit from engaging in the WHAM process to improve their health, the program is specifically designed to counter the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity – among people living with behavioral health conditions.

During the training, WHAM participants learn to:

  • Identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors
  • Write a concise whole health goal based on person-centered planning
  • Create and log a weekly action plan
  • Participate in peer support to create new health behaviors
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response
  • Engage in cognitive skills to avoid negative thinking
  • Prepare for basic whole health screenings
  • Use shared-decision making skills and tools for better engagement with doctors

Bring WHAM to Your Organization

WHAM is a training for participants who agree to:

  • Create and work toward a person-centered goal for new health behavior
  • Participate in peer support to reach their whole health goal

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Research shows that chronic disease self-management supports the triple aim of health care reform – to increase the efficacy of care, improve care quality and reduce cost. The WHAM program offers peer providers the materials, tools and ongoing technical assistance to implement the WHAM program at your organization.

Since 2012, more than 3,000 people in 30 states have received WHAM training in partnership with community behavioral health centers, federally qualified health centers, health homes, correctional facilities and Veterans Administration programs. WHAM facilitators are linked to a national listserv to foster ongoing peer support, share tips and tools for success, and provide new resources for peer services and integrated health.

Developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions operated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, WHAM is undergoing a randomized study by Judith Cook, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and Sherry Jenkins Tucker of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. Full results from the study will be published in 2017.



Download the WHAM one-pager.


Resilience: Paving the Road to Recovery

Recovery can mean many different things for many different people. At the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, we believe that recovery encompasses so much more than a 12-step program; it’s an everyday commitment to health.

CCBHCs: Are You Ready to Grow Your Peer Services?

Peer services are one of the nine required services that Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) must offer their clients. It takes more than sunshine and water for a robust peer services program to sprout. A WHAM training is one way CCBHCs can support and empower their peer providers.

Benefits to Criminal Justice

In addition to providing peer support and improving management of chronic conditions, Ginger Lerner-Wren wrote in The Huffington Post that WHAM has the potential to benefit the criminal justice system.


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