Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) ©
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a simple self management tool that can be used by anyone wishing to improve or manage their well-being
It’s about recognising what you need to do to stay well, and putting things in place to help you help yourself if things aren't going too well.
It doesn’t have to be onerous or time consuming – it’s put together by you, for you – so creating something personal and flexible is important to making it work in your life.
- About WRAP
WRAP is about creating positive change in the way that you feel.
We all need to look after our wellness. Whether we have a mental illness or other long term condition, or simply want help in managing the ups and downs of everyday life, WRAP can work for us.
If you choose to create a WRAP you will work with a facilitator, individually or in a group, to compile the sections of your WRAP, which are:
daily maintenance plan
early warning signs
when things are breaking down
post crisis pan
How you create your WRAP is completely up to you:
it could be a fancy notebook with the 7 stages written down
it could be a scrap book full of images that remind you what you need to do to stay well
or a digital story online collating all the things that keep you well
It could be anything, or look like, anything you want it to – we wont be training you to do anything in a fixed or definite way – provided you cover all the key stages, it can be what you need it to be. Once you have a WRAP it should change and develop with you – not stay a static document.
WRAP was designed and is owned by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Where can I do a WRAP or get help to complete one?
How can it help me?
Is it difficult, it looks like a lot of work?
I have a disability and don’t think I could manage to do one
Do I have to give it to my social worker or consultant?
Will it replace a Care Plan?
Is WRAP for me?
Who can help me write a WRAP?
Where can I find more information about wrap?
Can WRAP be used as a team?
Find out more about
Mental Health Recovery: Mary Ellen Copeland’s website: Origins of WRAP and resources
The Recovery College: Offer courses designed to increase your knowledge and skills about recovery and self management.
Positivity Ratio: World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life. Fredrickson talking about the positivity ration on YouTube.
Authentic Happiness: Martin Seligman’s website; Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
The Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Gretchen Rubin’s website: The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
Action for Happiness: Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. They aim to bring together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.
The School of Life: The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. They offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.