Tape Record your WRAP
There are many ways to create a WRAP; recording one is a great way to do this. All you need is a tape recorder and you! This is a great alternative for those who prefer not to write or type their Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
This is another great way to create a WRAP and suits people who are very visual. By using photos, magazine clippings, fun scrap booking materials, drawings, or anything you choose that represents sections of your WRAP; you will have a very a unique Wellness Recovery Action Plan. You will be able to add to it or change it any time you want and also share as you wish.
Similar to Scrap Booking, a collage is another visual way to create a WRAP. Using anything you choose like pictures, notes, memorabilia- whatever is meaningful to YOU that illustrates your Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
Voice Activated Typing
With today’s technology, many programs are available that will transcribe words to a document via voice activation. If you want to create your WRAP to have on paper, but are not able or do not wish to type it, look into speech activated software to develop your Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
Working with a Friend
When you have people around you that you trust and feel comfortable with, this is a wonderful way to create your WRAP. This is another good option if you don’t wish or are not able to write your Wellness Recovery Action Plan but you want to develop something that works for you; with your personality and the way you live your life. So whether it’s a collage, a written plan or a scrapbook, you don’t have to do it alone.
Create a Videotape
There is no wrong way to develop a WRAP; it’s yours from start to finish. If you are interested in acting out your WRAP, then do so. You can even incorporate props, artwork, pictures, music, whatever you feel expresses your WRAP the best.
My WRAP Brochure
The key feature of this new brochure is accessibility. Using this format, you can have WRAP with you wherever you are and whenever you might need WRAP. You will be able to easily have WRAP with you in your pocket, wallet, backpack or purse wherever you go. You can have it with you if you are homeless or living in a shelter, you can have it with you in the hospital, at your doctor’s office, at your workplace, at parties and gatherings, when you are shopping, when you are attending events in your community, when you are volunteering, when you are doing things you enjoy, and when you are exercising.
Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with a group of people with lived experience who were attending a mental health recovery workshop in 1997. She is the original author of the WRAP Red Book, as well as dozens of other WRAP books and materials. She has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to learning from people who have mental health issues; discovering the simple, safe, non-invasive ways they get well, stay well, and move forward in their lives; and then sharing what she has learned with others through keynote addresses, trainings, and the development of books, curriculums, and other resources. Now that she is retired, and that, as she intended, others are continuing to share what she has learned, she continues to learn from those who have mental health issues and those who support them. She is a frequent contributor to this site.