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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®

Using WRAP for Weight Loss

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t concerned about weight gain.  As  kid, I know I was a healthy weight but I always considered myself the “fat one”.  In college I was 5’5” tall, weighed 117 lbs. and thought I was fat.  Over the years my weight has crept up and up.  From time to time I go on a strict diet and lose lots of weight, only to regain it over time.  Many, many days I begin the day thinking this is the day that I will get my diet under control and begin losing weight again.  I can safely say that every year, losing weight, usually with a goal attached, is a New Years resolution.  

Looking back, I don't feel that my obsession with my weight was a good one.  But in a family like mine where everyone loves to eat and we seem to pack on the pounds with ease, it is an issue.  If young people asked me for health advice, I would say, keep your weight at a healthy level through your  life.  As you age it seems to get much more difficult to lose weight.  When I was younger I could quickly lose weight to get back into a particular outfit or for an event where I was concerned about my appearance.  Now that I am a grandmother, losing weight quickly, using the same techniques that I used to use, takes much, much longer.  My adult children have done a great job of keeping their weight under control in spite of their heritage. They are very physically active people and I think that helps a lot.

I expect there are many other people like me who are obsessed with their weight, judging from conversations with friends and colleagues, articles in magazines, feedback from research and the social media.  One popular natural health magazine always features a story on how to lose "….." pounds in some short time.

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WRAP for Life - Available NOW!

WRAP for Life includes WRAP Adaptations

WRAP for Life was published this past August.  It is the most comprehensive book on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.  It includes a special section that is totally new-WRAP prototypes that have been adapted for special needs including WRAP for Preventing Suicide, WRAP for becoming a non-smoker, WRAP for Weight loss, WRAP in the Criminal Justice System, WRAP for Clutter, WRAP for Issues Related to Aging and WRAP for Diabetes Management.  Each of these samples includes many, many suggestions that you can use when you are developing your WRAP, supporting someone else in developing their WRAP, when working with a WRAP group or for a follow-up WRAP or support group.
These specific topics were chosen because they are the ones that are requested most often, or people have been doing exemplary work in this area.  
"Mary Ellen, I was so excited when your book "WRAP for Life" arrived because I have all your books on WRAP and love them all! I must admit, though, that I did not expect to read much that I had not already read in your other books! How wrong I was! This book is going to be so useful to me when I rewrite my WRAP! I love the way that you tie in the Wellness Tools with the five key concepts, that you also are more specific about each Wellness Tool, giving specific examples everywhere. People could buy this new book of yours and start to write their Wellness Plans, or people who already have them, like myself, could learn so many new things! I love the WRAP Plans addressing specific issues and intend to try out the WRAP for Reducing Clutter and the WRAP for Weight Loss in the near future, when I become more well and organized about staying well, with my new Wellness Plan."  

Sandra Tait Orkney,Scotland

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Education for Life: Creating Your Informed WRAP

When you are dealing with challenges in your own life, educate yourself about the possible causes of these issues, and what can be done to relieve and eliminate them. Begin by identifying issues you want to work on. Then use the ideas in this article to educate yourself about the issue.
It used to be assumed that people who were having challenges in their lives could not help themselves, and that we needed to follow directives from authority figures.  Now we know that it is not true.  Everyone can learn and benefit from that learning. And we need to make good decisions for ourselves based on good information.
If you are having a difficult time and can’t educate yourself right now, ask a trusted supported to help you do this. Educating yourself is particularly important when a health care provider suggests a medication or invasive treatment that has potential side effects or that doesn't feel right to you.  It is also essential when you are working on life changes like weight loss, increasing exercise or smoking cessation.
When you reach out for help, others will give you ideas on what to do. Before taking any action or choosing any wellness tools, check them out or have your supporter check them out. Find out as much as you can. Ask your physician and other health care provides for information. Go on the internet and find out all you can. Visit your library and look things up. Ask peers who have had similar issues. A well-educated approach will help you reach your WRAP goals.

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Replay the WRAP for Life Webinar

WRAP for Life Webinar recording Did you miss the webinar on Mary Ellen Copeland's new book, WRAP for Life? Click here to watch a video of the entire event. Hear Mary Ellen describe the book in detail and answer questions from the webinar attendees.




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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