The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a 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.




What is WRAP®? According to the Mary Ellen Copeland Center (www.copelandcenter.com) Wellness Recovery Action Plan® is the following:

  • It is a system for monitoring, reducing and eliminating uncomfortable or dangerous physical symptoms and emotional feelings.
  • It is a useful tool for creating positive change, increasing wellness, and decreasing symptomatic episodes of certain illnesses.
  • It moves past self-help skills to encourage and allow the participant to incorporate these skills into their daily lives and in times of crisis.
  • It helps to develop and utilize a support system that will assist during times of need.

WRAP® 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

WRAP® is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing symptoms that can help reduce, modify or eliminate those systems by using planned responses. This includes plans for how you want others to respond when symptoms make it impossible for you to continue to make decisions, take care of yourself or keep yourself safe. The WRAP® system was developed by people who have been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms for many years and who are working hard to feel better and to get on with their lives. Mary Ellen Copeland Ph.D has shared it with people with other illnesses and they too believe that it can be easily adapted for use with other conditions.

The Basic Design-The Notebook Binder:

The most commonly used method of putting together a WRAP® can be done with these simple supplies from any office supply type store: a 1 inch-three-ringed binder, about 50 sheets of notebook paper, 7 colored divider section tabs, and a pen or pencil.

Divide the tabs as follows, 1)Wellness Tools 2) Daily Maintenance Plan 3) Triggers 4) Early Warning Signs 5) When Things Break Down 6) Advanced Directive (Crisis Plan) 7) Post Crisis Plan.

Place a few sheets of paper evenly throughout each tabbed section. Start at the beginning and write down your personal plan according to the sections. By using this method the pages can be (and will be) edited as your plan changes and conforms to your situation.

Digital Design-On a Computer:

Another design of the plan is to place everything on a personal computer for ease of editing, organizing and security. You can save your pages with a secure password that only you know and edit the pages much easier using a computer. This method is a good way to organize your pages and copy and paste them as needed. You can also send your plan via email as an attachment to your supporters as mentioned in the advanced directive (crisis plan) section. Mary Ellen Copeland's website offers a web based way to create, edit and store your plan online with her secure online WRAP® method. There is a small charge for this method. 

To Build your own WRAP® online Click Here.