Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a self-directed plan to meet self-identified goals. It is an evidenced based program to obtain and maintain wellness.

An evidence-based program, WRAP® was developed by internationally recognized author, educator and mental health recovery advocate Mary Ellen Copeland of the Copeland Center.

WRAP® provides the opportunity for participants to explore their own personal recovery goals and develop strategies to:

  • Promote higher levels of wellness, stability and quality of life;
  • Decrease the need for costly, invasive therapies;
  • Decrease the incidence of severe symptoms;
  • Decrease traumatic life events caused by severe symptoms;
  • Increase understanding of these disorders and decrease stigma;
  • Raise participants’ level of hope and encourage their actively working toward wellness;
  • Increase participants’ sense of personal responsibility and empowerment.

Participants begin by developing a wellness toolbox and exploring the key recovery concepts.

Wellness Toolbox

The planning process begins with participants developing a WELLNESS TOOLBOX.  Wellness tools identify those things that help us identify and maintain our wellness.

WRAP® consists of six sections:

  • SECTION 1 is a daily maintenance plan.
  • SECTION 2 identifies triggers which cause symptoms.
  • SECTION 3 identifies early warning signs.
  • SECTION 4 identifies what happens when things are breaking down.
  • SECTION 5 is the development of a crisis plan. It identifies when the person can no longer continue to make decisions, take care of oneself and keep safe. It is for the use of supporters and professionals on the person’s behalf.
  • SECTION 6 is the development of a post-crisis plan. Healing from a crisis can take a long time and advance planning can help in easing one’s way back from a crisis to a more rapid recovery.

Key Recovery Concepts


A process of identifying and articulating needs. Self-advocacy does not always mean we get what we want, but the process of expressing our needs is empowering.


We have a vision of hope that includes individual dreams without limits. Many people have internalized messages of hopelessness and feel as though their disorder prevents them from having “hope.” When someone says “You can’t do that because of those symptoms, dear,” we know it is not true.


We are all educators and learners. Education means learning about ourselves, our dreams, and the skills we need to get them.


Understanding who and what we need, and identifying where and how to build that support system.

Personal Responsibility

Ultimately we are all responsible for our own lives. Personal responsibility explores the many ways we learn how to take responsibility for ourselves and our decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is WRAP® Treatment?

WRAP® is meant to complement, not replace, any other “treatment” that individuals may choose to utilize. It is a non-clinical, individual system.

Who should use WRAP®?

The plan can be used by anyone who wants to increase understanding of their own health, and create a process through which to achieve wellness.

What is ‘vocational’ WRAP®?

Vocational WRAP® utilizes a WRAP® curriculum specifically around identifying and obtaining employment goals.

Does WRAP® help people with psychiatric diagnoses recover?

ABSOLUTELY! WRAP® is a tool that can help all people enhance the quality of their lives.

See below for upcoming WRAP® events and to apply to attend a training session!

Apply to a WRAP training