Mental Health Recovery and WRAP was started in 1989 as Mary Ellen Copeland began her studies of how people help themselves get well and stay well, Her work received a big boost with the 1992 publishing of the best-selling Depression Workbook
The Workbook, now a keystone in mental health circles, was the result of interviews with hundreds of people and years of research. Mary Ellen has continued these studies and now works with a highly skilled staff and experts from around the country.
Her books, CDs, DVDs, and online courses have been widely accepted and distributed all over the world.
Key Recovery Concepts
Five key concepts provide the foundation of effective recovery work.
Hope - People who experience mental health difficulties get well, stay well and go on to meet their life dreams and goals.
Personal Responsibility - It's up to you, with the assistance of others, to take action and do what needs to be done to keep yourself well.
Education - Learning all you can about what you are experiencing so you can make good decisions about all aspects of your life.
Self-Advocacy _ Effectively reaching out to others so that you can get what it is you need, want, and desire to support your wellness and recovery.
Support - While working toward your wellness it is up to you, receiving help from others, and giving support to others will help you feel better and enhance the quality of your life.
EXPECTED LONG TERM OUTCOMES
WRAP shifts the focus in mental health from "symptom control" to mental wellness, prevention and recovery, so that people tend to handle daily life challenges more effectively and take responsibility for their own wellness by using a variety of self-help techniques, and use the support of a network of family members, friend, and health care providers.
The result is significant life enhancement, gains in self- esteem and self confidence.