W.R.A.P. Plan for Mental Health

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(This is OOC and I'm just copying and pasting from the website because I can't remember all of it and type it out and this way is easiest.)

My community Clubhouse has been talking about extra tools we could use while we talk about what makes a good employee and how to deal with your personal problems. I'm planning now as a just in case. There are a few people, even my parents that are asking me how they can help and now I can finally answer them. If this helps anyone on this website then I'll be happy.

"The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.


WRAP Will Help You:
  • Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
  • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using wellness tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
  • Create a crisis plan
  • Create a post-crisis plan

Wellness Toolbox – A list of resources used to develop your WRAP. It includes things like: contacting friends and supporters, peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, journaling, affirming activities, exercise, diet, light, and getting a good night’s sleep.

Daily Plan – Describe yourself when you are well, and list things you need to do every day to maintain wellness.

Stressors– External events or circumstances that, if they happen, may make you feel uncomfortable. These are normal reactions, but if we don’t deal with them in some way, they may actually cause us to feel worse.

Early Warning Signs – Internal, subtle signs that let you know you are beginning to feel worse. Reviewing Early Warning Signs regularly helps us to become more aware of them and allow us to take action before they worsen.

When Things are Breaking Down – List signs that let you know you are feeling much worse, like feeling sad all the time, or are hearing voices. Using your Wellness Toolbox, develop a powerful action plan to help you feel better as quickly as possible and prevent an even more difficult time.

Crisis Plan – Identify signs that let others know they need to take over responsibility for your care and decision making. Outline a plan for who you want to take over and support you through this time, healthcare, staying home, things others can do to help and things they might choose to do that would not be helpful. This kind of proactive advanced planning keeps you in control even when it seems like things are out of control.

Post-Crisis Plan – You may want to think about this part of the plan in advance and write some things to do post crisis. However, you may want to write most of it as you are beginning to recover from the crisis—when you have a clearer picture of what you need to do for yourself to get well. If you have just been through a crisis, let your Post Crisis Plan guide you as you heal.

You also identify who you want to help you during a crisis. Their names and phone numbers along with the tasks you want them to do on your behalf. You also include things that you do not want them to do, because it will make you feel worse, and people that you don't want involved with the process whatsoever.
 

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Lucy I've took WRAP Class at a wellness recovery center almost 11 years ago...I've got a copy of the book about it...And I know the one who created this program name Mary Ellen Copeland who is an author, educator and mental health advocate who is diagnosed with manic depression....and believe me I aced WRAP...still kept my 'wellness toolbox' and earn a bear badge for it. (I'm not sure if it's a good idea for everyone here.)
 

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