What is Wellness?


Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. It is multi-dimensional and holistic, encompassing mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well being, as well as lifestyle. Wellness is positive and affirming. The message of mental health recovery is not remission or a miracle cure, but the process of living a fulfilling life despite illness and loss.

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a personal journey of wellness, resiliency and transformation. Recovery involves developing hope, a sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills and meaning. Recovery is supported by personal responsibility, self-advocacy, education, support and hope.

Wellness and Recovery are guiding principles of the NYS Office of Mental Health. The information posted on this site is a collection of Ulster County resources designed to help individuals craft their own individuals plans for Wellness & Recovery.


Learn more about what WellnessRecovery.org is, who we are, and how to contact us.


What’s New?

Cooling Centers Are Open!

Very warm and humid weather will develop later this week, with heat indices approaching or exceeding 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Heat Advisories and/or Excessive Heat Warnings may be posted.  

In Woodstock, the Town Court at 76 Tinker St. will be open as a cooling center beginning Thursday, July 18 at 12:00 noon.  They will remain open 24/7 until the extreme conditions pass.  Further updates will be shared later in the week.


Ulster County Cooling Centers (as provided by NYSDOH)

Always call before you go to make sure the cooling center is open.

  • Ellenville Village Hall, 2 Elting Ct, Ellenville, 12428, 845-647-7080

  • Gardiner Town Hall, 2340 Route 44/55, Gardiner, 12525, 845-255-9675

  • Lloyd Town Hall, 12 Church St, Highland, 12528, 845-691-7544

  • New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veterans Drive, New Paltz, 12561, 845-255-3631

  • Plattekill Town Hall, 1915 Route 44-55, Modena, 12548, 845-883-7331

  • Salvation Army, 35 Cedar St, Kingston, 12401, 845-331-1803

  • Saugerties Senior Citizens Center, Corner of Market Street and Robinson Street, Saugerties, 12477, 845-246-9987

  • Wawarsing Town Hall, 108 Canal St, Ellenville, 12428, 845-647-7800


If a cooling center is not available, libraries, supermarkets, malls, and community swimming pools are good places to stay cool.

Some cooling centers are open daily, while others are opened as needed. NYSDOH full Cooling Center link is: