The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a symptom monitoring, crisis planning and self-help mental health recovery programme. It was first developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and further developed by a group of people who experience mental health difficulties. They learned that they can identify what makes them well and then use their own wellness tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness, resulting in recovery and long-term stability. WRAP® does not replace traditional treatments and can be used as a compliment to any other treatment. It is a simple self-management tool which helps people gain more control over their wellbeing. It is intended to help people plan for themselves how best to maintain wellness and reduce and better manage periods of illness. It is a highly individualised plan which is developed and owned by the person who writes it and can be continually updated.
WRAP® covers the following topics:
- What are you like when you are well?
- Wellness Toolbox – things you can do to stay well.
- Daily Maintenance Plan – things you commit to doing daily to stay well.
- Identifying Triggers – how to cope with what throws you off balance and how to manage this.
- Identifying Early Warning Signs and plan your own “Action Plan”.
- When things break down, what you can do and how to get yourself back on track.
- Crisis Planning – how you can stay in charge when a crisis does happen
- Post Crisis Planning
Development & Steering Committee
Orlaith Donoghue – Head of Occupational Therapy & WRAP® Programme Clinical Lead
Dr Mary Clarke – Consultant Psychiatrist & Research Lead
Donal O Keeffe – Research Psychologist
Mr Dermot Hickey – Head of Social Work & MDT Liaison
Niamh McCullagh – Clinical Nurse Specialist & Service Co-ordinator
Janice Huet – CNS
Jacinta Bergin – CNS
Sarah Donnelly – CNS
Peter Connolly – Occupational Therapist
Aisling Doyle – Occupational Therapist
Orla Prendergast – Social Worker
Bronagh Moran – Social Worker
- The WRAP® programme is being delivered to patients post discharge by Certified WRAP® Facilitators. It is one session per week, over 8 weeks, and each session is three hours. Participants are encouraged to attend all modules.
- We are also offering WRAP® Plus sessions specifically for supporters (family / friends) which will run concurrently during the 8 week course.
- Following the 8 week course participants are offered 2 sessions of peer support with their fellow WRAP attendees which then feeds into monthly Peer Support
This WRAP® for supporters is run in conjunction with the WRAP® programme and meets 3 times during the course of your relative / friend’s WRAP® programme. It is facilitated by a member of the Social Work team who is also a WRAP® trained facilitator.
General meetings are held annually for refresher and updates on WRAP®. Notificiations are forwarded via mail shot to all who have partaken in WRAP® services throughout the year and open forum days which are open to the public will be posted on the hospital web notice board.