Last week The Copeland Center hosted their WRAP Around the World Conference in Washington D.C. It was a full week of wonderful, engaging sessions that brought the WRAP community together in a positive, enjoyable forum.
In her keynote address, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, talked about her own WRAP journey, how this powerful plan was developed then evolved, and also shared some fun, influential stories. A video version of this dynamic speech will be available soon on our website and YouTube channel!
Many conference goers also participated in the Mental Health Dignity March. The goal of the march was to convey that mental health is as a basic human right, and that those who experience mental health issues deserve to be treated with dignity. What a beautiful day for many individuals to come together and rally at the National Mall. The march has helped to strengthen and energize our community.
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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.