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What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) and how do I use it?

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence based practice that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health challenges as well as medical conditions. Diabetes, weight gain, pain management, addictions, smoking, and trauma are just some of the many life challenges that can benefit from WRAP. WRAP can also be used as a framework to guide relationships in peer support, recovery groups, agencies, and organizations.

WRAP is being used in schools, prisons, hospitals, and veterans’ facilities. It is used with people of all ages who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was originally developed by a group of people who lived with mental health difficulties and were searching for ways to resolve their wellness issues. WRAP was their answer, and it can be used by anyone looking to develop a plan to manage a path to wellness.

WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop an Action Plan to use in specific situations which you determine. WRAP is adaptable for any situation and can include a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.

WRAP is for Life! – It is for everyone, anytime, and for any of life's challenges.

 WRAP Overview                              

[video with Mary Ellen Copeland]      Click here to find out more about getting started with WRAP®

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Wellness Tools for LIFE

WRAP for Life is a comprehensive guide for using WRAP in “life” situations. Mary Ellen Copland shares hers and other real people’s “life” examples to help guide you to use WRAP as tool that you can use in everyday life and times of crisis. Here is an excerpt from the book on relaxation and stress:
“There are many relaxation and stress reduction techniques that, when used regularly as Wellness Tools, have the potential to reduce and relieve stress and anxiety, as well as to increase overall wellness. The ability to relax is a skill that is crucial in our fast-paced society.

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WRAP for Life: Live Webinar with Mary Ellen Copeland

Join Mary Ellen Copeland for a live Webinar on September 10

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Join Mary Ellen Copeland as she presents her new book WRAP for Life. We all are very excited about this book and Mary Ellen will be talking about how WRAP is for Life.

“I felt a real need to develop a comprehensive book that described WRAP intensively, from the list of Wellness Tools, through the Daily Maintenance Plan, Triggers, Early Warning Signs, When Things are Breaking down, the Crisis Plan and the Post Crisis Plan.  

Although it is impossible, in WRAP for Life I have tried to address every question that has ever come up about WRAP, relying on people from all over the world to supply me with answers.  The internet helped a lot as I put out questions to people with lived experience and got lots and lot of answers from the real experts--YOU.  

The presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session with Mary Ellen. Join us!

A Note from Mary Ellen Copeland – Difficult Times

These days, with all the horrific things going on in the world,  and with the loss of Robin Williams,  and when many of us are experiencing great loss and pain in our own lives, like many, many others, you may be feeling deep, deep despair.  It is a horrible feeling.  For me this psychic or spiritual pain that seems to attack the very core of my being and it is more painful than any physical pain I have known.  If you are in that place right now, please know that there are ways out, ways that you can feel better.  They are not easy and it will take all the strength you have to pull yourself back up, but you can do it.  I have done it many times.  It is such a hard thing to do.  Give yourself encouragement, and ask others for encouragement for every step you take on this difficult journey.
You are going to have to really force yourself to begin the process of recovery.  Every cell of your being will be fighting against this process.  You will need to persist no matter what.  I look for something, even something very small, to hang on to.  I envision it for myself as a star, the first star I see as the sky is darkening into night.  I hang on to that little sparkling piece of light.  And I use the strength I get from that to begin to review my list of Wellness Tools. Read More


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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