Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Due to the stigma of Mental Illness, one of the bigger misconceptions for the future of individuals who live with an illness is that life will follow one of two paths. Either we are resigned to struggle through life living up to low expectations and a quality of life that is mediocre at best, or with some medications and perhaps short-term therapy we are cured for life. The reality for most however, is that Mental Illness will remain with us for life and despite social belief, if provided with appropriate positive support and adequate treatment and tools, we all can live a positive, productive life – We can live the life we want and deserve.
One of the tools we promote at CHANNAL to support this life-long management of wellness is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and WRAP Goes On support groups. WRAP is a pro-active tool created by Mary Ellen Copeland to help individuals living with mental health issues to take a pro-active approach to living a Recovery life. Research and life experience of hundreds of individuals went into creating this tool. WRAP has been used successfully by people with a variety of physical and emotional difficulties. It has helped them use self-help skills more easily to monitor how they feel and to help them feel better, stay well and improve the quality of their lives.
WRAP supports individuals on their Recovery Journey by increasing control over their mental health by empowering them to take personal responsibility for their wellness. In addition to advancing Recovery, WRAP also provides a means by which others, of whom you have chosen, can identify when you require them to take responsibility for your care. It provides essential information by which those individuals can more effectively contribute to your Recovery.
The main components of WRAP include:
- Wellness Tool Box
- Daily Maintenance Plan
- Early Warning Signs
- Things are Breaking Down
- Crisis Plan
- Post Crisis Plan
People’s individual WRAP can be created in a variety of ways. It is most effective when it’s created in a group of peers, where individuals can educate and support one another in creating a wellness plan that is suited to their individual need. Once individuals have created their own unique WRAP, they are then welcomed to attend CHANNAL’s ‘WRAP Goes On’ groups where individuals share the successes and challenges of living WRAP from day to day.
For more information on how you can create your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan, contact us!