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Gina and Rachel reading

Before being hospitalized for long periods of time, grocery stores in my town were relatively small and choices were rather limited.  When I came out of long-term hospitalization, grocery stores had ‘grown up’.  Many stores today sell food, make-up, cleaning supplies, pharmacy items, etc… and choices are practically unlimited.  In this environment, choice can be an overwhelming experience.  For this reason, going to the store to buy food was, and still is, a complicated process for me.

It is the end of summer in Vermont. The leaves are starting to turn and the mist in the morning air is magical making each dot of color a unique visual meditation. I have been reflecting on the many rich discussions about living WRAP and creating our personal Plans over the years and I wanted to share with you the big lessons learned from creating a Wellness Toolbox for myself.

Mary Ellen Copeland

Wellness Recovery Action Planning, or WRAP, is an evidence-based system that is used worldwide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of wellness challenges. It is a unique form of mental health support in that is peer-led and self-directed.

Rona McBrierty

Rona McBrierty and Rozlyn Anderson are featured in this 9 minute interview sharing how Copeland Center WRAP® Facilitation has an impact on one's personal recovery and recovery to practice skills for mental health care providers creating transformational change at the community level.  Rona and Rozlyn are Copeland Center Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators and are from two culturally diverse regions of Scotland. 

Tom Doucette

by Tom Doucette, Assistant Executive Director H.E.A.R.T.S. Peer Support Center in Nashua NH and an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator

Five of the things I base my life on are the Five Key Concepts of WRAP. I had Hope when I was first diagnosed some fifteen years ago and my life made sense. When I read Kay Redfield-Jamison’s book “An Unquiet Mind” I had more Hope. Then I found WRAP - or I actually feel it found me - and I had real Hope.

Carol and her father

Carol Bailey Floyd, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, wrote this piece about her father who was an inspiration to her and whom she shares about all the time. The Copeland Center is fortunate to have Carol reflect on her relationship and her WRAP after his passing.

When my Dad, Sherman Bailey, was in his eighties, I began to dread the time when he would pass away.  Ever since I was a little girl, I loved hanging around with my Dad.  He was charming, witty, intelligent, and fun.  From as far back as I can remember, I followed him around helping him with chores and gardening.  He was famous for his Bailey tomatoes and to me there was no better culinary delight than a red ripe tomato right out of his garden.  Dad grew his last vegetable garden was when he was 95!

On facilitating WRAP for people with developmental distinctions

by Gina Calhoun

We often view people who learn outside the academic status quo as disabled.  This has not been my experience. I had the honor to facilitate WRAP for people with developmental distinctions.  Let me tell you a little about our group.

National Council

Trauma occurs when a person is overwhelmed by events or circumstances and responds with intense fear, horror, and helplessness. Extreme stressoverwhelms the person’s capacity to cope. There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.

The Way WRAP Works

Executive Summary

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. In 2010, WRAP® was recognized by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice and listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (http://nrepp.samhsa.gov). Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) released the results of a rigorous study that demonstrated significantly positive behavioral health outcomes for individuals with severe and persistent mental health challenges who participated in peer-led WRAP® groups. Research studies on WRAP® from UIC cited that positive outcomes were tied to the fidelity of the WRAP® facilitation model designed by Mary Ellen Copeland and developed by the Copeland Center.

Today, WRAP® is being widely implemented by behavioral health systems, however, significant compromises to the resources provided and fidelity in implementing WRAP® is falling short of the quality people in recovery deserve. People in recovery deserve the best services we have to offer!

Thousands of people across the United States and around the world use WRAP to deal with difficult feelings and behaviors, enhance their wellness and meet their goals. Join Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Jawanza Hadley, as he takes us through a basic overview of WRAP® with a special focus on employment.

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