W.R.A.P. is a nationally acclaimed self-management and recovery system developed by a
group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate
wellness tools and strategies into their lives. The group was headed by psychologist Mary
Ellen Copeland, an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate seeking to enhance
her own recovery and wellness. It is being utilized by agencies of mental health departments
throughout California and the nation. Dr. Copeland's W.R.A.P. is designed to:
- Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
- Increase personal empowerment
- Improve quality of life
- Assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams
W.R.A.P. is a system structured by you to monitor your uncomfortable and distressing symptoms. It
is a system that can help to reduce, modify or eliminate those symptoms by using planned responses
of your own choosing. This includes plans for how you take care of yourself and keep yourself safe.
It can also include plans for how you want others to respond when symptoms have made it impossible
for you to continue to make decisions.
The person who experiences symptoms is the one who develops his or her personal W.R.A.P., through
group support in peer workshops. The person may choose to have supporters and health care professionals
help create the W.R.A.P.
W.R.A.P. is a mental health recovery planning process grounded in:
- Personal Responsibility
M.H.C.C.'s W.R.A.P. workshops are open to mental health consumers at no cost. A trained Wellness Recovery
Specialist facilitates weekly workshops using books and materials written by Mary Ellen Copeland. W.R.A.P.
is offered at our three M.H.C.C. Wellness & Recovery Centers in Concord, Richmond and Antioch.