I have dedicated the last 30 years of my life to learning from people who have mental health issues, the simple, safe, non-invasive ways that they get well, stay well and move forward in there lives, and then sharing what I have learned with others through keynote addresses, trainings and the development of books, curriculums and other resources. Now that I am retired, and that, as I intended, others are continuing to share what I have learned, I want to continue to learn from those of you who have mental health issues and those of you who support us, and to, when appropriate, share that information.
I look forward to hearing from you, whatever you would like to share. Right now as I begin my retirement, I am thinking about how all of this work got started and the many, many people who have been involved in the creation of this work, in moving this work forward over the years, and who have used this work to make their lives the way they want them to be. This brings up lots of thought about the history of recovery and the Wellness Recovery Action Plan. If you can add to my memories on this, I would be delighted to hear from you.
As you all know, WRAP is very important to me. It has been my guide to living since it was first developed by peers at a seminar I was leading. WRAP was developed in March of 1997. That means that its 20th "birthday" is coming right up. I am...read more
WRAP Preconference: National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, April 2, 2017, in Seattle Washington
Join me at the Wellness Recovery Action Plan Preconference at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference April 2, 2017, in Seattle Washington. I will walk you through the process of developing a personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan. We will begin by...read more
These days I am learning how to cope with being older and needing to find time in my life to take good care of myself, to enjoy my extended family that includes children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and a wonderful group of close friends. If it were not for...read more
I have been thinking about where WRAP came from. It is such fun to go back and visit those times. I had compiled my data, started giving workshops based on what I learned (even though a psychiatrist told me I could never lead a workshop) and even began writing a book...read more
I sent out postcards to national, regional and local mental health agencies and organizations asking people to write or call me if they were willing to share their experiences. This was almost ten years before e-mail. E-mail and the Internet would have made this so...read more
Writings by Mary Ellen Copeland
- My Recovery Journey: Mary Ellen’s Reflections, Part I
- My Recovery Journey: Mary Ellen’s Reflections, Part II
- My Recovery Journey: Mary Ellen’s Reflections, Part III
- Remembering Kate – A Story of Hope
- Could it have been Different?
- Getting Well: The Seeds of WRAP and Recovery Books
- Power of WRAP
- The Greatest Gift
- Doctoral Thesis
- Living WRAP