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Welcome to the WRAP. Wellness Recovery Action Plan. by Richard Brabrook July 2006. Health and Safety. Smoking. Fire Exits. Fire Alarm. Cables. Refreshments. Toilets. Introductions.

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welcome to the wrap

Welcome to the WRAP

Wellness Recovery Action Plan

by Richard Brabrook

July 2006

health and safety
Health and Safety

Supporters WRAP


Fire Exits

Fire Alarm




  • To help us get to know each other, I would like you to get in a pair with someone you preferably don’t know very well:
    • Name
    • Something they like in their life
    • Something they dislike in their life
    • A dream they would like to come true

Supporters WRAP

group contract
Group Contract
  • What would you like in our Group Contract / Group Agreement?


    • Confidentiality
    • Mobiles - off, silent or vibrate

Supporters WRAP

session plan learning objectives
Session Plan / Learning Objectives
  • By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
    • Create a WRAP for yourself
    • Understand and state the principles of the WRAP
    • State how the WRAP fits in to the Recovery framework
    • State the stages of the WRAP
    • Identify ways to support someone creating a WRAP for themselves.

Supporters WRAP

introduction to the wrap
Introduction to the WRAP
  • Created in 1997
  • Mary Ellen Copeland – “John Beard Award”
  • Comes from the US
  • Good results with Physical & Mental Health
  • Brought to Devon in 2003 at Devon Partnership NHS Trusts 1st Recovery Conference

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who can the wrap help
Who can the WRAP help?
  • Anyone who wants to take control of their recovery, create positive change and increase their enjoyment of life.

Supporters WRAP

what makes a wrap
What Makes a WRAP?



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recovery is
Recovery is…..
  • Capability that defines the process that service users and providers engage in to enable self-empowerment and self-determination.
  • Recovery is about recovering what was lost: rights, roles, responsibilities, decision making, capacity, potential and mental well-being.”
  • Recovery is what people experience themselves as they become empowered to achieve a meaningful life and appositive sense of belonging in the community.
  • A return to a state of wellness
  • Achievement of a personally acceptable quality of life
  • A process of recovering
  • A process of gaining or restoring something
  • An act of obtaining useable resources for apparently unusable sources
  • To recover optimum quality of life and have satisfaction with like in disconnected circumstances.

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Recovery is…..
  • To promote recovery you need to:
    • Understand that recovery is a process that is unique to each person
    • Understand the essential role of hope in the recovery process
    • Accept that recovery is not about the elimination of symptoms or the notion of cure
    • Understand that the key element to the recovery process is the service user is both the driver and coordinator of services

Department of Health 2004

the Ten Essential Shared Capabilities

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Recovery is…..
  • Basically to help recovery, you need to be able to help service users and carers deal with their mental health problems and to keep a sense of hope for the future. Helping them to find a way of life that is rewarding to them whether or not they continue to have mental health problems.
  • The Wellness Recovery Action Plan is part of the process of helping people manage their mental health

& can help them start down the road to


Supporters WRAP

daily maintenance plan
Daily Maintenance Plan
  • When I feel well I am (or what I would like to feel when well)
  • What I need to do for myself each day
  • What I need to do for myself not necessarily every day
  • Identify my triggers
  • Manage / Avoid triggers
  • Identify Early Warning Signs
  • Manage / Avoid Early Warning Signs
  • When I am reaching a crisis
  • Ways to reduce the signs of a potential crisis

Supporters WRAP

crisis plan
Crisis Plan
  • What I am like when I’m feeling well
  • Symptoms
  • Supporters
  • Medication
  • Treatments
  • Home / Community Care / Respite Centres / Hospital
  • Treatment Facilities – GP, Hospital, Pub, Home, Neighbours
  • Help from others
  • If I’m in Danger I would like ……………. to happen
  • Inactivating this Crisis Plan

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crisis plan in the video mary ellen said
Crisis Plan – In the video Mary Ellen said….
  • that creating her Crisis Plan took her several months. It’s important to allow time for plans to be created
  • Give a copy of the Crisis Plan to your supporters – up to the Client, but very useful when the Client enters crisis
  • Encourage Clients to write in simple terms especially in the crisis plan – this helps to ensure their wishes are understood
  • Encourage the client to discuss and consider how they want to be treated, medication etc., before they write things down – this is to help them make informed choices about their care
  • Encourage Clients to update their plan as the continue down their road to recovery
  • This Plan wont remove the crisis, but it can help to reduce the level of the crisis

Supporters WRAP

advanced directive
  • Created to enable small sheet with key points to be kept on the person
  • Also states where crisis plan is kept

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post crisis plan
Post Crisis Plan
  • I know when I am out of crisis when…..
  • How I would like to feel when I have recovered from my crisis;
  • Discharge from Hospital Plan;
  • What do I need to do each day?
  • What might I need to do each day?
  • What may I need to avoid while I’m recovering?
  • Signs I may not be recovering as planned;
  • Tools I can use to help me in my recovery;
  • What can I do to prevent further crisis during recovery;
  • People I need to thank, apologise and make amends to;
  • Things I need to consider and make plans for;
  • Timetable for resuming responsibility;

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Post Crisis Plan
  • Like the Crisis Plan, it is important to allow enough time to create a Post Crisis Plan
  • Encourage Clients to update their plan and to learn form each time they use this plan
  • Consider different ways that you can help and support your Clients
  • Try and ensure that the client has control, can make choices about their recovery as this is proven to help in their recovery
  • Clients need Support and Time in order to help them in their road to Recovery

Supporters WRAP

some ways to look after yourself
Some ways to look after yourself:

These will differ depending on your circumstances and what you like to do.

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wellness toolbox
Wellness Toolbox
  • Need to create tools that you can do to relax and distract you / your clients from the unpleasant feelings, situation you are experiencing.
  • Good to have lots of things so you have choice
  • Try to have things that will enable laughter

Supporters WRAP

skills for life
Skills for Life
  • Used to be called Basic Skills
  • 3 areas within the Skills for Life
  • Literacy – Reading, Writing, Communication
  • Numeracy – Mathematics for daily life
  • ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • National Tests and certificates are awarded upon completion

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Skills for Life

  • Training is provided FREE to anyone screened and a Skills for Life need identified.
  • Lots of agencies provide the training including:
    • Adult Education
    • Colleges
    • Local CVS – Exeter Council for Voluntary Service
    • plus many others in all areas
  • Website: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/readwriteplus

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www recoverydevon co uk
  • Launched at the 2nd Recovery Conference in April 2006
  • Created by the Partnerships in Mental Health Recovery Group

Supporters WRAP

help and support
Help and Support
  • There is lots of help and support around:
    • STR network
    • Books & Publications
    • Websites
    • Colleagues
    • Information Advice and Guidance (skilled workers course) at Level 3 – course info at CVS’s, colleges, internet

Supporters WRAP

  • WRAP = Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • 3 Stages
    • Daily Maintenance Plan }
    • Crisis Plan } Wellness Toolbox
    • Post Crisis Plan }
  • A WRAP is for the individual and one person’s WRAP won’t work for another
  • A good WRAP takes time to create.

Supporters WRAP

thank you for attending

Thank you for attending

Any questions / comments??

Email: richard@brabrook.fsworld.co.uk or training@mindeastdevon.org.uk