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Action Plan (WRAP) Work Group
Do you want to learn strategies to avoid or lessen the effects of stress on your life?
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) (http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/aboutwrap.php) was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, MS, MA, author of numerous self-help psychology books. Copeland explains: "WRAP is a structured system for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing symptoms and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying or eliminating those symptoms." When we feel "well" and/or are in recovery many of us know, or with help can figure out, what causes us stress: a large bill, not enough sunshine, not enough sleep, too much work, certain relatives, an exam, being in a caretaking role, and so forth. We may even know what can help us feel better, or how we can avoid becoming overwhelmed. This is the time to plan how we can respond to those stresses to avoid "burn-out" and/or lessen our risk for serious illness.
Anyone who wants to live healthier and/or learn to take better care of themselves can benefit from doing aWRAP. Even though this program was designed for people with psychiatric symptoms, it can certainly be used by people with different kinds of health problems, or people who just want to stay healthy. We all experience stress in our lives. Sometimes when we are experiencing it, we don't think so clearly about what we need to do to take care of ourselves. We may forget to eat, or eat too much. We might sleep too little or too much. We may isolate ourselves from friends and loved ones because we feel "bad." This can make things worse for us, and make it more difficult to focus or function in our lives. WRAP can help us to recognize what we need to stay healthy and lessen the risk of emotional and/or physical collapse.
WRAP is not about someone else telling you what you need to do: it is to help you figure out what you need to do to help yourself feel better. You can safely use this plan along with any other health care you're receiving. It is not a replacement for medications or psychotherapy. If you are using medications, do not stop using them without consulting your physician. The information in your Wellness Recovery Action Plan is yours alone; you can share as much or as little as you like. You will have possession of it at all times, and strict confidentiality is assured.
All services are free. However, if you are interested in purchasing the materials to work with on your own, you will be charged a small fee.
The work groups are offered at 301 South Geneva Street. The group meets Thursdays at 4pm. Call (607) 273-9250 to register for the group. There is a maximum of ten participants per session. The work group provides a confidential and supportive environment for working on your WRAP and other helpful tools for maintaining mental health.
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