WRAP for Recovery

By Jackie Cisternino, Peer Support Specialist

Over the past few weeks, I attended a class that taught me how to put together a Wellness Recovery Action Plan—known as WRAP—for myself. In short, WRAP taps into the things that trigger your symptoms, and ways to deal with your triggers so that you can maintain your wellness. WRAP is about YOU. Your WRAP is different than everyone else’s because you are the one identifying what YOU need to stay well.

WRAP can be done for anyone, anywhere, and has been used all over the world as a recovery tool. The key concepts of WRAP are:

▪ Hope

▪ Personal Responsibility

▪ Education

▪ Self-advocacy

▪ Support

▪ Health care

▪ Medications

WRAP was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate. During the WRAP class you will learn about Dr. Copeland and the struggles with mental illness that she personally went through. Through a very well-organized program, Dr. Copeland’s techniques help you put together a recovery plan tailored to your own personal needs. To learn more about WRAP visit www.mentalhealthrecovery.com.