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Wellness Recovery Action Planning



WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

People who are using WRAP® say -

“WRAP helps me feel prepared for challenging situations

and difficulties”


“I feel better more often and have a better quality of life”


“I have more control over my life can make better decisions”


“I use mental health services differently”


“I have HOPE”


Southern Trust Facilitators are reporting that outcomes for recovery are better when the programmes are co-delivered by those using services ‘Experts by Experience’ and those working within services ‘Experts by Training’.



......Click this image to exit into YouTube and watch an interview about WRAP......

The History of WRAP®

The WRAP® system was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of mental health symptoms and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Mary Ellen Copeland, an internationally acclaimed author, educator, and mental health advocate, initially practiced WRAP® to help with her own struggles with mental health challenges. In 1997, Mary Ellen began to share WRAP® with other people who were struggling with a wide range of emotional, physical, and mental health challenges. Through her books and lectures, she has taught tens of thousands of people since then to use WRAP® in their own personal recovery journeys.


What is WRAP®?

WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. WRAP® is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP can help people to:

Manage troubling feelings and behaviours

Take back control in your life

Improve your quality of life

Achieve your own life goals and dreams

WRAP® can be worked through in a group setting with others or on a 1:1 with someone who has done their own WRAP®.  It provides you with a framework to help you more easily identify and monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviours and create action plans to help you to deal with them.



WRAP® can be used by anyone for any mental health or physical health conditions: anything from deep sadness, arthritis, hearing voices, diabetes to “burn out”   WRAP® works! It has been developed by a group of people who experience mental health challenges. These people learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness. The result has been recovery and long-term    stability.  Your WRAP® is designed by you in practical day-to-day terms and holds the key to getting and staying well. It doesn’t replace traditional    treatments, though can be used as a compliment to any other treatment      options you have chosen.


In developing your own WRAP® you’ll identify the Wellness Tools that will most benefit you. You will learn how to use these tools when needed; every day or when you have challenging feelings or experiences.  WRAP® will help you notice when things seem to be off balance in your life, and help you coordinate effective ways to get back to feeling your best. WRAP® planning also includes Crisis/ safety Planning, that lets others know how you want them to respond when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe. You will also develop a Post Crisis plan to guide you through the often difficult time when you are healing from a crisis.

WRAP® is developed by you: You choose who assists and supports you, whether they are family, friends, or health care providers, as you work on your own self- management plan.


WRAP - Values & Ethics


WRAP supports hope. It is clearly understood that people get well, stay well for long periods of time, and do the things they want to do with their lives.
The old messages we used to get that told us we would never get better, that we would likely get worse over time and that there is nothing we can do to help ourselves were wrong.


• WRAP promotes self-determination, personal responsibility, empowerment, and self-advocacy.


• In WRAP groups and programs, people are always treated as equals, with dignity, compassion, mutual respect, and unconditional high regard; as unique, special individuals, including complete acceptance of diversity with relation to culture, ethnicity, language, religion, race, gender, age, disability, sexual identity, and “readiness” issues.


No one, no matter how educated they are or the position they hold has the right to predict the course of our future, of our life. In WRAP groups, everyone leaves their “hat” or title at the door and participates in the process as equals.  Doctors, case managers, people who have had health difficulties for years–all are equal in WRAP groups, treating each other with mutual respect while learning and growing together.


• WRAP is based on the premise that there are “no limits” to recovery.


• WRAP is totally voluntary. The person who is developing their WRAP decides if     they want to do it, when they want to do it, how long they will take, what it will include, and who assists and supports them in the process.


• The person who is developing their WRAP is the only expert on themselves.

• In WRAP, the focus is on individual strengths and away from perceived deficits.

In WRAP, people focus on the things they do well, and avoid focusing on negative self-judgments or the findings of deficit-based assessments.

• The use of clinical, medical, and diagnostic language is avoided.

• Whenever possible, people work together and learn with peers, to increase mutual understanding, knowledge, and promote wellness.

• The emphasis is on strategies that are simple and safe and away from strategies that are invasive or that may have serious or devastating side effects.

• It is understood that difficult feelings and behaviours are normal responses to traumatic life circumstances, and that what is happening in your life is not a “symptom” or a diagnosis.




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