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. 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 thoughts 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.
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: https://www.wellnessrecoveryactionplan.com/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...
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...
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...
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