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How having a WRAP can help

WRAP is a personal development plan which is traditionally in a written format. However, many people choose to develop theirs creatively using computer software or in a scrapbook style.   

WRAP in training

WRAP also involves a crisis plan, which details how you would like others to care for you in a crisis. The crisis plan helps you to feel more 'in control' at a very difficult time and helps recovery.

The WRAP you develop is your personal plan. You can share it with whoever you like. This may be friends, family, your GP or a member of your care team - its up to you! It's important to share your crisis plan with your supporters.

WRAP can help anyone in emotional or physical distress

WRAP isn't just for people who use mental health services. It can be used by anyone who experiences emotional or physical distress, and can be a general aid to well-being in life. The WRAP approach can help you build confidence, analyse and eliminate negative thought patterns, and structure your lifestyle in a way that promotes wellness.

By taking the initiative and putting yourself in charge of your well-being, you will be well-equipped to get well, stay well and go on to meet your life dreams and goals.

The seven sections of WRAP

  1. Wellness Toolbox - a list of things that you know keep you well and those things that you need to avoid.
  2. Daily Maintenance -  a description of what you are like when you're well, or on a better day and a list of things that you need to do daily, weekly or monthly to stay well.
  3. Triggers - triggers are external events or circumstances that may make you feel less well. You write your personal triggers and an action plan of what to do if they occur.
  4. Early Warning Signs - the subtle internal signs of change that indicate you are becoming less well. These personal signs of change are listed with an action plan of what to do if they occur.
  5. When Things Are Breaking Down - Feelings and behaviours that indicate to you that you're becoming less well. These personal signs of change are listed with an action plan of what to do if they occur.
  6. Crisis Plan - a plan you write when you're well. It tells others how you would like to be cared for when you can't care for yourself. There are several sections to this plan and you are encouraged to adapt it to your needs in a time of crisis. 
  7. Post Crisis Plan - A post crisis plan is a plan of how others will know when they no longer need to take over your care. It also includes a reducing support plan as you start to take back responsibilities and recover from the crisis.

Develop your own WRAP

If you would like help to develop a WRAP please contact your local Mental Health Wellbeing Centre or a member of your care team.

You can develop your own WRAP using the Mental Health Recovery website.

Download the WRAP app

Useful information

Measuring your progress

Some people find it helpful to use the Recovery Star tool to measure their progress when using WRAP. Learn about the Recovery Star at from the Mental Health Providers Forum.