Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS is a teacher, speaker, advocate, and author. In 2013, Wendy went to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and earned her certification in Holistic Health Counseling. She has a private practice, Harmonious Health 4 Life, where Wendy coaches those in mental health and substance use disorder recovery, and others who are eager to make lifestyle changes that are sustainable.
Wendy began her own recovery from Mental Health Disorders and Substance Use Disorder in early 2013, and has been thriving in her recovery through a holistic lifestyle where she uses natural and organic solutions to manage anxiety, and physical pain due to Lupus.
Ms. Blanchard has written a book, WRITE PRAY RECOVER:A Journey to Wellness through Spiritual Solutions and Self Care. This interactive book/journal is based on Wendy’s lived experience, as well as her field experience in the mental health/substance use disorder field, and her work in the field as a Holistic Health Counselor. This book gives the reader an opportunity to self reflect, to write about it, and to use this book as a tool for self discovery and exploration, and healing.
Wendy has combined her two passions, wellness and teaching, and is out in her beloved community training and teaching students, families, educators, community/government agency employees, in a public health approach where she presents a holistic view of recovery and wellness…body, mind and spirit.
Wendy is looking forward to her book being published in 2021, and is planning to go out on a book signing and speaking tour!
Wendy is excited to meet everyone in person who may need encouragement and inspiration in recovery, those who are eager to learn about wellness practices and self care as an integral part of health, and to share her own inspirational journey of a wellness based recovery through natural and organic solutions.
Wendy is one of the creators of Mental Health & Wellness 101 curriculum for NY state, and is trained in, and is an educator for Mental Health First Aid for Youth, as well as Adults, and is certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health. She is also an educator in Suicide Safety for Schools, and has a variety of other certifications including Narcan, Spiritual Wellness, MAT, SafeTALK, QPR, Motivational Interviewing, De-Escalation, and is a Certified Peer Specialist.
Wendy was the Keynote speaker recently at the Chris Ashman Wellness & Recovery Conference, and speaks at various recovery events across NY state, including the Mental Health Association of NYS in Albany, NY, where she is raising awareness and helping to eliminate stigma on Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder.
Wendy lives in Orange County, NY, and has 3 loving adult children, Matthew, Nicole, and Olivia, a loving soul daughter, Sarah, and a beautiful 13 year old granddaughter, Rosie, and her newborn granddaughter, Harper Sydney, born in 2021. Wendy’s children and granddaughter were the inspiration for her to ask for help to save her life in early 2013 when she was close to dying from lifelong Substance Use Disorder. It was her four children, and granddaughter Rosie that gave her the strength, determination, and resilience to get clean, and to do the work needed in making monumental, sustainable lifestyle changes which she has mastered. Wendy continues to add to her wellness practices daily, and is sharing them as a teacher, advocate, and counselor in her community.
Wendy is so grateful to be a voice for wellness in recovery, most especially through her work in the school districts in her community where she teaches social emotional learning, emotional literacy, and mental health and wellness, as well as Suicide Safety and Whole Person Wellness, which Wendy created. She also teaches about self care and healthy practices which she believes is the key to thriving in recovery, and to living ones best life! Wendy has coined the phrase,
“Self care is the actions that we take to achieve wellness, and wellness is where we stand in our power!”
Sat Nam…(Truth is my name)
Love and blessings!