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 and other kinds of health challenges, and by people who want 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 universal ― it is for anyone, any time, and for any of life's challenges.
The Copeland Center’s Summer 2013 Newsletter is Now Available-
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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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.
Values and Ethics:
Check List and Worksheet
See what Values and Ethics drive Mental Health Recovery and WRAP® Facilitators and what to expect when working with one.
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.
Living WRAP DVD - On Sale $14.95!
In Part 1 of Living WRAP, Mary Ellen Copeland takes us step by step through the key concepts of Recovery and WRAP . As we watch her facilitate an actual WRAP group, we also are treated to a highly personal glimpse into her private life as she shares and shows us some of her diverse Wellness tools.
Part 2 of Living WRAP contains historic footage From “Coping with Depression”, the original video that was produced and directed by William Hood in 1991, about 6 years before WRAP was born. Here, a much younger Mary Ellen Copeland , tells the story of her past through family photos, and demonstrates her journey from a life struggling with mental health challenges to a life of wellness and recovery. In this compelling and intimate video you’ll see the progression of the work that led to WRAP as we know it today.
The WRAP App is Here!
Mary Ellen Copeland and Peach Press are pleased to announce that the WRAP APP for iPhone® and iPad® is now available from the App Storesm.
The WRAP APP, with all the parts of WRAP, also includes sections on Values and Ethics and Key Recovery Concepts. It will make it convenient to always have your WRAP Plan with you, on your iPhone or iPad. You can add to your plan whenever you want. Email a page, or the whole plan, to yourself or your supporters.
The WRAP App is available for download from the App Store.
We are expecting the Android version to be available by the end of this year.
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New Articles by Mary Ellen Copeland
In these days with limited access to mental health facilities, and when in-patient or out patient treatment might be focused on invasive treatments and not on recovery, you may be tempted to "provide sanctuary" for a friend or family member who is experiencing serious mental health challenges. Many of you have probably already done this.I have been interested in "sanctuary" ever since....
"The Wellness Toolbox and Flashbacks"
I am providing support for a person who is recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and who experiences lots of intrusive and horrific flashbacks of the trauma he has experienced. It seems like the flashbacks are trying to keep him from being who he wants to be and doing the things he wants to do. Sometimes, for him, it feels like the trauma is going on and on and on. A key topic of conversation is “What helps?" "What Helps" and the Wellness Toolbox are to me, the same....
Let's Talk About Mental Health
Join Mary Ellen Copeland and hosts Nels Kloster and Robert Stack for a friendly and engaging talk about WRAP.
This show aired on BCTV on October 21, 2013
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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.
This special edition of the original Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a wellness resource for all kinds of families. Families can use this book to develop their own plan for working together and being together in a way that supports wellness and recovery for everyone, including those who experience mental health challenges and other kinds of special needs.
Contributions from WRAP users in families of all kinds create a rich array of stories and ideas on using WRAP to meet the challenges of day-to-day family living.
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® 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.
New! 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.
WRAP® Keeps Hurricane Sandy Victim Balanced and Focused
“WRAP strengthens people’s self-awareness of being able to help themselves and avoid going into crisis.…WRAP literally saved my life."
Linda Meyer, a certified WRAP Facilitator, shares her story of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on herself, her husband and seven children, including one diagnosed with autism. The impact, not only of the devastation in her community, included having no power for nine days and then losing power again for another five days when fallen trees from the Nor'easter hit her family's house, van and truck. Soon after the storm, before the damage could be repaired, Meyer fell and badly sprained her ankle.
This is the first of a two part article that was written in the Journal of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies [NJAMHAA] on the WRAP Crisis Plan/PAD.
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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