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The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (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 is designed to:

  • Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Improve quality of life
  • Assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams

WRAP is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating them. It also includes plans for responses from others when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe.

WRAP is for:
Anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, or increase their enjoyment in life.
Anything from deep sadness, arthritis, hearing voices, diabetes to “burn out.”

People who are using WRAP say:

    “It helps me feel prepared.”
    “I feel better more often and I’m able to improve the overall quality of my life.”

The person who experiences symptoms is the one who develops their personal WRAP. The person may choose to have supporters and health care professionals help them create their WRAP. The WRAP system was developed by people who have been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms for many years and who are working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Mary Ellen Copeland has shared it with people with other illnesses and they too believe that it can be easily adapted for use with other conditions.

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In order to do mental health recovery and WRAP work, it is essential that you understand and support the following values and ethics.

What People are Saying about WRAP

“Recovery & WRAP have changed my life.”

“I’ve gone from being totally disabled to being able to live a full and rich life. I am so grateful.”

The WRAP® system was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of psychiatric 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 over the past decade-and-a-half to adapt WRAP® to their own personal recovery journeys.

WRAP & Recovery Books is the sole proprietorship of Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is a non-profit training, technical assistance and advocacy organization which works in partnership with WRAP and Recovery Books to promote recovery education.