Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

"I am able to let people know how I feel about things"

Stepping Stones offers WRAP training to members of the organisation who feel ready to make positive changes in the way they feel and to improve their well being and overall quality of life.

What is WRAP:

WRAP is a self management tool which enables individuals to increase personal responsibility and regain control to improve their quality of life. It is a tool for learning more about ourselves and the things that help us recover and stay well.

The concept arose in the USA when a woman called Mary Ellen Copeland felt that support services available did not inspire hope and recovery.  She knew there was a better way to support her and concluded that this support would also help others. She and a group of people with mental health problems designed a new support system called Wellness Recovery Action Planning. The key elements of this training and support are that you design your own wellness toolbox, daily maintenance plan, identify triggers and early warning signs. Also, identify when things are breaking down and an action plan and crisis and post crisis planning. Informed by the five key recovery concepts of Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self Advocacy and Support, WRAP ensures that the person undertaking the training is at the heart of the process.

What is involved in the training:

At Stepping Stones WRAP training is delivered by Jackie Sroka and Elaine McWilliams who are trained WRAP Facilitators. The training involves attending a 3 hour group session per week for 5 weeks in a safe and comfortable setting. There is a break after the fifth week and the sixth week is a call back session that is designed for you to reflect on how you have used your WRAP. A group approach allows for sharing experiences, activities and discussions to take place. More information is available by visiting the Scottish Recovery Network website at www.scottishrecovery.net where you can download the WRAP leaflet here and access more information about the history of WRAP by visiting www.mentalhealthrecovery.com

Information about Stepping Stones WRAP events can be found by clicking here.

How to access training:

You can refer yourself to Stepping Stones and meet with support staff who will assist you to develop your own support plan. Members who are already using Stepping Stones can speak to their allocated Support Worker or contact Jackie Sroka or Elaine McWilliams at Stepping Stones.

We aim to deliver two WRAP training sessions per year, one each in Clydebank and Dumbarton areas. Training sessions to date have been very successful with positive feedback from participants.

The 5 key concepts of WRAP are;

  • HOPE
  • PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • EDUCATION
  • SELF ADVOCACY
  • SUPPORT 

Attending a WRAP training course will help raise self awareness of what you need to do to aid your recovery, stay well and improve your quality of life.