WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Planning- Training at The Hope Cafe on the 14th and 21st of August, 2015
WRAP- the Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a tool to support self-management in mental wellbeing.It is used by The Scottish Recovery Network
The two-day course that I attended at the Hope Cafe was a start to me taking the next steps that I need, to plan for :
everyday activity that helps me feel well
essential healthcare maintenance
realistic goals that are achievable
when I am having a severe episode, what do I need from my family and friends who support me?
I found the course challenging and emotional. I was resistant to the idea of ‘recovery’ as meaning that I will get completely fixed. We talked openly about this and I found allies who felt similarly to me. This was a surprise, due to the almost ‘brand’ of ‘Recovery’ that is sweeping across the mental health field. I am a wee bit cynical about it. I thought most other people would be disappointed that I do not agree with the concept. However, it is a term that most people have their own meaning for. I respect and appreciate that.
What also surprised me, was the honesty that we had in the cafe. We told our stories of despair, hope, living well, or living not-so-well.
It was an honour and a privelege to be with such a group of women, and Scott, who were willing to put themselves right out there and I have total respect!
The first day was on Friday 14th then – after a week the 2nd day was on the 21st August. The faces came on the 2nd Friday, shining, younger-looking, as if we’d all had face-lifts! Someone told me I looked much better too! That was a sign to me that this tool works.
Whilst I am sceptical about tools, and the notion of ‘fixing’ ourselves in a generic way, I have to concede that the Wellness Recovery Action Plan has something special about it, something magical. It originated in USA by Mary Ellen Copeland www.mentalhealthrecovery.com
with people who had enduring/severe mental illnesses. Yet, it’s a soft tool, it relies on your own personal responsibility, your choices of what you consider essential for your well-being. It uses something like some basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is self-management.
I think perhaps one of the things that made this very useful and moving for me, was this group of people, and the setting. The Hope Cafe and Donna Barrowman deserve all the help they can get, because this is social recovery, this is co-active , keeping each other well by frank conversations about what is usually stigmatised, avoided, unmentionable, and therefore, unmanageable. Well done to us who helped break down the barriers with each other!!
Thanks again to The Hope Cafe !