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This...information is from studies designed to find out how people who experience psychiatric symptoms deal with these symptoms and help themselves feel better. The researcher and the study participants are people who have been told that they have a psychiatric or mental illness.
There is hope. People get well, stay well for long periods of time, and do the things they want to do with their lives. Self-determination, personal responsibility, empowerment, and self-advocacy are expected outcomes of WRAP.
The first step in developing your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan™, is to develop a Wellness Toolbox. This is a listing of things you have done in the past, or could do, to help yourself stay well; and, things you could do to help yourself feel better when you are not doing well.
People who experience psychiatric symptoms no longer feel that they are sentenced to a life of chronic illness that interferes with their ability to work toward and reach their goals.
Matthew Federici and Cheryl Sharp wrote “The Healing WRAP” for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s magazine on Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Care.
Lila Coddington, Assistant Director of Central Access and Student Development at Central Connec
When Mary Ellen Copeland developed the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®), a tool that helps people work toward mental health recovery, she could not have predicted that, three decades later, it would become a nationally recognized best practice..."WRAP has been adopted by countless individuals, many of whom have seen their lives tranformed in the process."