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.
If you are like me, each day as you hear the news, you hang your head in despair over what is happening to children and families at the United States border and wish there was something you could do. If you agree with the following statement, please share it in any way you can think of with everyone you can possibly think of. Hopefully it will make a difference.
To every public official, person with influence or position, and citizen of the United States:
Please do everything in your power including using your input and influence, passing and enforcing laws, making financial contributions, volunteering and advocating in person, through the media, electronically, through the mail and phone to assure that:
- Every child that comes into the United States is treated with dignity, compassion and respect at all times and by everyone including all government officials, that they are kept safe, with their family or with caring adults, and immediately receive excellent care which includes but is not limited to protection from harm and from the elements, ample healthy food, clean clothing appropriate to their need, a bed with a clean mattress, as many soft blankets as they want, sanitation, the ability to take care of their personal hygiene, privacy, medical care, education appropriate to their age and culture, age appropriate interesting and fun activities, and love and support in circumstances that emulate our nation’s finest facilities, that their situation is stabilized quickly without hindrance, and that child neglect and/or abuse is not tolerated.
- Responsible people including government officials at all levels who do not follow or support this guideline or obstruct high quality care for these children will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
- Government officials develop working, supportive relationships with countries of origin to prevent violence and rectify circumstances that force people to leave their homes.
Mary Ellen Copeland PhD
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.
I recently worked with a group of four people developing WRAP. The following links are videos of that group. I think it is a great overview of WRAP. They shared some examples which were useful to me and may be useful to you. You can use it to review the WRAP process—or you can use it to develop a WRAP if you don’t yet have one.
Click here to view the PDF.
Memorable quotes from a WRAP Tacoma gathering I attended on April 1, 2017: Angela - When I found WRAP in 2012, I knew WRAP was a way I could bring recovery to my organization. When you develop your WRAP, you start to embrace yourself. Jennifer - WRAP keeps me well. I...
Review the April 14th WRAP 20th anniversary webinar at: http://mentalhealthrecovery.com/info-center/wrap-20th-birthday-celebration-webinar-recap/
I, Joana Arcangel, am a peer with lived experience – meaning I identify with mental health recovery. At the Hacienda of Hope and through our organization, Project Return Peer Support Network, we utilize these experiences and focus on strength-building through a...
Join the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery for the WRAP Around the World Conference in Sacramento, CA on June 5-7. This international grassroots conference brings together WRAP Facilitators, administrators from systems of care, and supporters who are looking...
Writings by Mary Ellen Copeland
- WRAP 20th Anniversary Keynote Speech
- 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