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Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Personal Workbook
GR/LD April 2004
Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Personal Workbook
GR/LD April 2004
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a framework with which you can
develop an effective approach to overcoming distressing symptoms, and
unhelpful behaviour patterns. It is a tool with which you can get more
control over your problems. WRAP was originally developed by Mary Ellen
Copleand and a group of mental health service users who wanted to work
on their own recovery – this is what they found worked for them.
Developing your own WRAP will take time, it can be done alone, but many
find it very valuable to have a supporter – someone they trust, and work
on it together.
As you develop your WRAP it can become a practical support for your
recovery which you refer to daily, as a reminder and guide, and also turn
to at times of difficulty. It is designed as an aid for learning about
yourself, what helps and what doesn’t, and how to get progressively more
in control of your life and your experience. It also includes instructions on
developing a crisis plan, as a means of guiding others on how best to make
decisions for you and to take care of you, for those times when your
problems and symptoms have made it very difficult for you to do this for
yourself. Once you are committed to your own recovery, however things
work out, they can be an opportunity for learning more about yourself,
and improving your WRAP.
A WRAP includes: developing a Wellness Toolbox, and then
1. Evolving a daily maintenance plan
2. Understanding triggers and what I can do about them
3. Identifying early warning signs and an action plan
4. Signs that things are breaking down and an action plan
5. Crisis planning
6. Post crisis planning
The WRAP belongs to you and you decide how to use it. You decide who
to show it to and you decide whether you want someone to work with you
on it or not. You decide how much time to spend on it and when to do it.
It becomes your guide to support your own wellness and recovery.
Developing a Wellness Toolbox – reminders and
resources to call on
In my experience these are things that support my
wellness – this works for me:
b. This is what carries a sense of meaning or significance for
me, this is what inspires me and reminds me of my values
c. These are some things that I would like to try
to see if they would support my wellness:
1. Setting up my Daily Maintenance Plan
a. My baseline: What am I like when I am well ?
When I feel well, I am …………
b. Daily maintenance Plan
This is what I need to do for myself every day to keep
myself feeling as well as possible