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The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP, is a self-designed prevention and wellness tool that you can use to get well, and stay well. WRAP is for anyone, any time, and for any of life's challenges. Read More . . .

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WRAP Gave Me a Story to Tell!

Sherri Rushman, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Consumer Education Specialist OCCMHA, Auburn Hills, MI

Sherri Rushman,
Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator,
Consumer Education Specialist OCCMHA,
Auburn Hills, MI

The tagline on my email says it all: “Be a hope receiver today to be a hope giver tomorrow.” But I didn’t always have hope. Far from it.

From the time I was in high school in the early 1970s, all I wanted to do was die. I didn’t believe in suicide because of my faith, so I was not actively trying to end my life. But despite beginning my recovery and working as a peer support specialist, I felt like I wanted to die for more than 20 years.

That began to change in 2003 when I attended a conference in Lansing, Michigan, where Mary Ellen Copeland spoke about WRAP. Michigan didn’t have WRAP groups at that time, but I knew I wanted to attend, so I went back to my agency and wrote a proposal to bring WRAP to Michigan. That helped fund my participation in a WRAP correspondence class, and I began to buy every WRAP book I could get my hands on.


WRAP Is an Approach to Life

Anne Frank Middletown, RI

Anne Frank
Middletown, RI

WRAP is about so much more than mental health. Learning that I can take care of myself, rather than expect doctors to “fix me,” has changed my life as a person with bipolar disorder. Learning that everyone is struggling with something and that WRAP can help them, too, has changed my life as a spouse, coworker, and friend. For me, WRAP is an approach to life.

What I Needed to Hear

I first learned the self-care tools that would become the basis for WRAP in the mid-1990s, not long after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I accompanied a friend to a seminar in Newport, Rhode Island, where Mary Ellen Copeland was speaking for Mental Health Month. My doctors had told me to prepare for a life on disability. In that one hour listening to Mary Ellen, my hope for my own future was restored. Here was a person “like me,” talking about lived experience I could relate to in a way that made me feel like a person, not a patient. 


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