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What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) and how do I use it?

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence-based system that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges, and by people who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was developed by a group of people who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties; people who were searching for ways to resolve issues that had been troubling them for a long time. WRAP® involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop Action Plans to use in specific situations which are determined by you. WRAP® is adaptable to any situation. WRAP® also includes a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.

WRAP® is universal ― it is for anyone, any time, and for any of life's challenges.

Click here to find out more about getting started with WRAP®

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WRAP for Weight Management

Illinois Mini WRAPs

WRAP Empowerment Photography

Vermont Blueprint for Health rolls out WRAP

"Do Send a Card" Project

WRAP in the Criminal Justice System

Guide to Choices in Coming Off Medications

WRAP Around the World Conference 2013


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The Copeland Center’s Summer 2013 Newsletter is Now Available- 

Special Feature:

"WRAP as a Way of Life"


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The Wellness Toolbox 

My WRAP Crisis Plan

Pocket Brochure 

This colorful brochure offers a very convenient way to carry your WRAP Crisis Plan with you. In the event of a crisis, it's easy to share it with supporters and care providers. Now in Spanish.
Click on the image for more info

WRAP® listed by National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practice

Click here for answers to your questions  about Evidence-Based Practice



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E-Learning Courses:

WRAP® One on One
Designed for people who are helping others develop WRAP® plans. Learn how to guide, facilitate, advise, support, and encourage another person (patient, client, peer, friend, family member) as they develop WRAP® plans using the Values and Ethics that have evolved as people have used this mental health recovery innovation.

Values and Ethics:

Check List and Worksheet
See what Values and Ethics drive Mental Health Recovery and WRAP® Facilitators and what to expect when working with one.


Become a WRAP® Facilitator
Interested in becoming a mental health recovery educator? Spend 5 days with Copeland Center staff in a training which is designed to help you become a powerful change agent as a recovery educator. Learn about the Copeland Center.










WRAP App for Android

The WRAP App for Android™ is finally here!

Now Android users can enjoy this wonderful addition to their WRAP Wellness Toolbox. The app makes it convenient to always have your WRAP Plan with you,

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New Online Class- Seminar 1: Intro to WRAP

computer clip artThis class fulfills the prerequisite for being trained as a WRAP Facilitator.     Begins April 24.

WRAP is for anyone who wants to learn about and increase personal wellness and achieve an improved quality of life. In this workshop, you will learn about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) and begin to incorporate it into your life. It is designed to be highly interactive and encourage participation and sharing from all present. This workshop also lays a broad foundation for building a peer workforce. In addition to creating your own WRAP plan, you will also become familiar with the values and ethics of WRAP that make it such an effective tool within systems of care.     
Go to the Copeland Center website for more information about this new online offering and how to register. 

New Book: WRAP for People with Developmental Distinctions

This recently released workbook is for adults who have their own unique way of learning and/ or communicating; people who we may refer to as having developmental disAbilities. It can be used as a plan to support a person in order to reach a self-identified life goal. This book was written with the assistance of four experts by experience, and you will read how each of them is living WRAP in his/her life. It contains Crisis and Post Crisis Plans and provides tips key supporters can use when assisting someone who may learn and/or communicate differently than you do.

Click on the book to go to the bookstore

WRAP Empowerment Photography

Looking for WRAP inspiration?

Using digital cameras, participants in this study took pictures depicting the impact of WRAP on their health and mental health recovery. They invite you to view their photographs and learn how these pictures depict their personal recovery journey. WRAP experts and participants worked with the University of Illinois at Chicago to mount this inspiring online exhibit.

Read more about this inspiring project

Vermont Blueprint for Health rolls out WRAP

The Vermont Blueprint for Health and the Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Independent Living and Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, are sponsoring a series of training events to increase the number of Vermonters trained as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) facilitators. These training events include WRAP Facilitator Training and WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training, as well as follow-up coaching and mentoring for WRAP facilitators who are teaching for the first time. The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a state‐led initiative that transforms the way that health care and overall health services are delivered in Vermont. The goal of the Blueprint is to provide the community with a continuum of seamless, effective, and preventive health services, while reducing medical costs. and to provide Vermonters who have chronic conditions with the information, tools, and support they need to successfully manage their health. This is accomplished through what the Blueprint is calling “advanced primary care” that seamlessly coordinates a broad range of health and human services for patients and their families. 

  Click here to read more about this groundbreaking initiative

WRAP in the Criminal Justice System

WRAP is successfully being implemented in a variety of ways with people involved in the Criminal Justice System.

Click here to read about how and where WRAP is working

WRAP minis now Available in Spanish

 These popular pocket brochures are now available in Spanish.

Esta versión en español de Mi Plan WRAP de Bolsillo y Mi Plan WRAP Para las Crisis están diseñada para que pueda guardar su Plan de Acción Para la Recuperación del Bienestar en su cartera, su monedero o su bolsillo.   

Click here to visit the bookstore

Meet Elizabeth Hicks

Elizabeth Hicks shared her incredible WRAP Story with Mary Ellen Copeland and Ed Anthes when they were in Manchester, England.  In this video, Elizabeth describes how she developed a WRAP "Mood Board".  Like others all over the world, for Elizabeth, WRAP has been life changing.  She is no longer known by her given name, Stella, but as her middle name, Elizabeth, which she feels suits her so much better.  Her style of dress models her new found high self esteem and positive attitude.  Don't miss this video.

Click here to hear Elizabeth's WRAP Story.

Robert Whitaker - Keynote Address WRAP Around the World Conference 2013

"It's such an honor and pleasure to be here, and here's why it is such an honor... Bob Whitaker WATW Conf. 2013if you look around society and look at one of the most prominent forces for change -
it is the WRAP Program.  It is changing how we think about mental health, it's changing about how what we think is possible; so for me to be in you presence it's a great honor, and you should all look around and give yourselves a big hand".

Robert Whitaker - Keynote Address- WRAP Around the World Conference, 2013

Click here to see the rest of the address

WRAP® Goes to High School!

Twenty-seven high schools students from two separate high schools, and one project coordinator from Alberta Health Services, came WRAP HS Facilitatorstogether to participate in a groundbreaking initiative to bring WRAP® to High School students in Edmonton, Canada, Alberta. In the first phase of the project, each of the participants was guided through the 5 Key Concepts and the process of making their own WRAP. Most of the students who participated in phase one of this pilot project recently completed the second phase by becoming certified WRAP facilitators, trained by wellness professionals from the Copeland Centre and Alberta Health Services.    

Click here to read an article by high school principal, Tim Cusack


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