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What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) and how do I use it?

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence based practice that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health challenges as well as medical conditions. Diabetes, weight gain, pain management, addictions, smoking, and trauma are just some of the many life challenges that can benefit from WRAP. WRAP can also be used as a framework to guide relationships in peer support, recovery groups, agencies, and organizations.

WRAP is being used in schools, prisons, hospitals, and veterans’ facilities. It is used with people of all ages who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was originally developed by a group of people who lived with mental health difficulties and were searching for ways to resolve their wellness issues. WRAP was their answer, and it can be used by anyone looking to develop a plan to manage a path to wellness.

WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop an Action Plan to use in specific situations which you determine. WRAP is adaptable for any situation and can include a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.

WRAP is for Life! – It is for everyone, anytime, and for any of life's challenges.

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WRAP for Life Included in National Registry Listing for Evidence Based Programs and Practices

I am thrilled to announce that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices has reviewed my latest book, WRAP for Life and is including it in the NREPP listing which you can view and download as a PDF here.


In these hard days when we are all feeling so intensely the devastation of suicide as we deal with the tragic loss of so many of our veterans, of our friends, family members and colleagues, and of the beloved Robin Williams, it is a bright spot to note that, in addition to listing WRAP for Life for use in addressing all kinds of life issues, NREPP is specifically acknowledging the use of WRAP in suicide prevention. It has added the following at the end of the Implementation section: 

As WRAP's application has broadened to address various health issues (e.g., diabetes, smoking cessation, weight loss), program materials now include action plans that reflect these applications, as well as the use of WRAP in suicide prevention.

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WRAP for Life - Available NOW!

WRAP for Life is a comprehensive guide for using WRAP in "life" situations. Mary Ellen Copland shares hers and other real people's "life" examples to help guide you to use WRAP as tool that you can use in everyday life and times of crisis. 


Here is and excerpt from a WRAP is for people who have suicidal thoughts,have made plans to end their own life, or who have even attempted to end their life. This WRAP is for those who don't want to commi

t suicide, people who want to save their own lives, people who have decided that they want to live. However, like me, they may know that during times of deep, deep sadness, or when difficult life situations seem impossible to bear, thoughts about suicide can become overwhelming and suicide can become a real possibility. Developing and using WRAP has been a lifesaver for me and many others.  


Here is a quote from someone who have thoughts about ending their life:

WRAP saved my life. I had 15 suicide attempts, and had given up on life. I had become my illness, and did not see a way out. With WRAP, I was able to see that I was competent, and that I could find new ways to deal with my depression and mood swings.


WRAP helps people rebuild their lives, create a wellness recovery plan and help create life satisfaction.

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Replay the WRAP for Life Webinar

WRAP for Life Webinar recording Did you miss the webinar on Mary Ellen Copeland's new book, WRAP for Life? Click here to watch a video of the entire event. Hear Mary Ellen describe the book in detail and answer questions from the webinar attendees.




Mary Ellen Copeland and her staff cannot address personal mental health problems and issues. We care very much about your concerns but we must focus our efforts on education and resource development. For more information on how to get help for yourself or the people you are supporting, please use the resources on this website.

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