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To seek real change in our lives, it is possible when the journey starts with intentionally looking at how we see our self in the world and ends with making some attempt at a deep, critical self-reflection about whether that self exhibits the values you hope to practice in your life. Each person has a choice to evaluate their systems of thought and question whether those systems were explicitly chosen as representative of their personal values, or whether those systems were implicitly inherited from their embedded histories. This is important because there may be habits of mind that are defining wellness in our lives and maybe limiting how we respond to the world in healthy, self-determining ways. We have inherited much of how we see and interact in the world through our culture and change requires a great deal of unlearning.
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.
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.
Peer support was recognized by a few pioneer professionals as early as the 1930s, such as neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low and psychologist Albert Bandura. Only recently has the field of mental health care begun to use the benefits of peer support through the implementation of a peer specialist workforce. Much change needs to occur to make the full shift toward a comprehensive wellness-based recovery system of support.
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.
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 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!