The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence-based system that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health challenges as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes, weight gain and pain management, and life issues like addictions, smoking, and trauma. It can also be used as a framework to guide interpersonal relationships in peer support, recovery groups, agencies, and organizations. WRAP is being used in many different places including schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans’ facilities, and with children, transition age youth, seniors, and anyone who wants to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was developed by a group of people who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties; people who were searching for ways to resolve issues that had been troubling them for a long time. WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop Action Plans to use in specific situations which are determined by you. WRAP is adaptable to any situation. WRAP also includes a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.
WRAP is for everything ― it is for anyone, any time, and for any of life's challenges.
The Wellness Toolbox
My WRAP Crisis Plan
This colorful brochure offers a very convenient way to carry your WRAP Crisis Plan with you. In the event of a crisis, it's easy to share it with supporters and care providers. Now in Spanish.
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WRAP® listed by National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practice
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With Build Your Own WRAP, you get a course tutorial. It's like having someone personally walk you through each step of your WRAP, explaining each section while providing ideas and examples.
WRAP® One on One
Designed for people who are helping others develop WRAP® plans. Learn how to guide, facilitate, advise, support, and encourage another person (patient, client, peer, friend, family member) as they develop WRAP® plans using the Values and Ethics that have evolved as people have used this mental health recovery innovation.
Become a WRAP® Facilitator
Interested in becoming a mental health recovery educator? Spend 5 days with Copeland Center staff in a training which is designed to help you become a powerful change agent as a recovery educator. Learn about the Copeland Center.
Webinar: Controversial Wellness Tools
May 5, 2014 2 pm - 3pm EDT
Wellness Tools are things we do to keep ourselves well, and the things we do to help ourselves feel better when we are not feeling well. Most of them are simple, safe, free and non-invasive.
Some people disagree over some “controversial” wellness tools. Should people list them in their WRAP plans? Should they be written up on the easel pad to share with others? What do we do as a WRAP Facilitator when controversial wellness tools come up? How do we explain controversial wellness tools in our groups, to our boss, or our system?
Gina Calhoun, Director of Recovery Education, and Joch Woodruff, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, for the Copeland Center will discuss their perspectives on the subject of controversial wellness tools that are guided by the values and ethics of WRAP. Sign up for this thought-provoking members-only webinar where multiple perspectives will shed light on differences and similarities. Register here
New Online Class- Seminar 1: Intro to WRAP
This class fulfills the prerequisite for being trained as a WRAP Facilitator. Begins April 24.
WRAP Empowerment Photography
Looking for WRAP inspiration?
Using digital cameras, participants in this study took pictures depicting the impact of WRAP on their health and mental health recovery. They invite you to view their photographs and learn how these pictures depict their personal recovery journey. WRAP experts and participants worked with the University of Illinois at Chicago to mount this inspiring online exhibit.
New Book: WRAP for People with Developmental Distinctions
This recently released workbook is for adults who have their own unique way of learning and/ or communicating; people who we may refer to as having developmental disAbilities. It can be used as a plan to support a person in order to reach a self-identified life goal. This book was written with the assistance of four experts by experience, and you will read how each of them is living WRAP in his/her life. It contains Crisis and Post Crisis Plans and provides tips key supporters can use when assisting someone who may learn and/or communicate differently than you do.
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Vermont Blueprint for Health rolls out WRAP
The Vermont Blueprint for Health and the Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Independent Living and Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, are sponsoring a series of training events to increase the number of Vermonters trained as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) facilitators. These training events include WRAP Facilitator Training and WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training, as well as follow-up coaching and mentoring for WRAP facilitators who are teaching for the first time. The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a state‐led initiative that transforms the way that health care and overall health services are delivered in Vermont. The goal of the Blueprint is to provide the community with a continuum of seamless, effective, and preventive health services, while reducing medical costs. and to provide Vermonters who have chronic conditions with the information, tools, and support they need to successfully manage their health. This is accomplished through what the Blueprint is calling “advanced primary care” that seamlessly coordinates a broad range of health and human services for patients and their families.
WRAP in the Criminal Justice System
WRAP is successfully being implemented in a variety of ways with people involved in the Criminal Justice System.
WRAP minis now Available in Spanish
These popular pocket brochures are now available in Spanish.
Esta versión en español de Mi Plan WRAP de Bolsillo y Mi Plan WRAP Para las Crisis están diseñada para que pueda guardar su Plan de Acción Para la Recuperación del Bienestar en su cartera, su monedero o su bolsillo.
Meet Elizabeth Hicks
Elizabeth Hicks shared her incredible WRAP Story with Mary Ellen Copeland and Ed Anthes when they were in Manchester, England. In this video, Elizabeth describes how she developed a WRAP "Mood Board". Like others all over the world, for Elizabeth, WRAP has been life changing. She is no longer known by her given name, Stella, but as her middle name, Elizabeth, which she feels suits her so much better. Her style of dress models her new found high self esteem and positive attitude. Don't miss this video.
Robert Whitaker - Keynote Address WRAP Around the World Conference 2013
"It's such an honor and pleasure to be here, and here's why it is such an honor... if you look around society and look at one of the most prominent forces for change -
it is the WRAP Program. It is changing how we think about mental health, it's changing about how what we think is possible; so for me to be in you presence it's a great honor, and you should all look around and give yourselves a big hand".
Robert Whitaker - Keynote Address- WRAP Around the World Conference, 2013
WRAP® Goes to High School!
Twenty-seven high schools students from two separate high schools, and one project coordinator from Alberta Health Services, came together to participate in a groundbreaking initiative to bring WRAP® to High School students in Edmonton, Canada, Alberta. In the first phase of the project, each of the participants was guided through the 5 Key Concepts and the process of making their own WRAP. Most of the students who participated in phase one of this pilot project recently completed the second phase by becoming certified WRAP facilitators, trained by wellness professionals from the Copeland Centre and Alberta Health Services.
Mary Ellen Copeland and her staff cannot address personal mental health problems and issues. We care very much about your concerns but we must focus our efforts on education and resource development. For more information on how to get help for yourself or the people you are supporting, please use the resources on this website.
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