How do mental health professionals help my recovery?

Recovery is not something that mental health professionals or services can do 'to' you. It's something that comes from you and is led by you: you take ownership of and it work towards it,

However, recovery can seem daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start. So, it's important that you receive support along the way.

Central to recovery is the notion that people experiencing mental health conditions and professionals are equal partners and experts in your care, working together in collaboration.

Our mental health professionals are here to support you in your recovery journey by providing the information, skills and care to manage your condition and to access what you might need to live a meaningful life.

One way you can work with mental health professionals on your recovery journey is to develop a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). WRAP is a personal plan designed to help you take control of your own life and assist your journey to recovery. It is an evidence based system, developed by people with experience of mental ill-health and is used around the world.

Creating a WRAP involves developing a personal 'wellness toolbox'.  This toolbox is then used to develop maintenance plans for staying well and action plans to help you manage if you become unwell. It helps you to:

  • Maintain wellness
  • Recognise your triggers and spot early warning signs
  • Plan for a crisis
  • Keep track of your medication and treatment
  • List your supporters
  • Set goals.

Core principles
WRAP is underpinned by the following core principles:

  • Hope: recovery is possible for all
  • Personal responsibility: we all need to take some personal responsibility for our own lives and wellbeing
  • Education: the importance of knowing oneself and being self-aware
  • Self-advocacy: the importance of believing in and advocating for oneself
  • Support: support of others is vital.

How do I get a WRAP?
Many Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRSs) run WRAP groups. Groups can provide a space for shared experiences and an opportunity to learn skills from one another.

Alternatively, you can develop a WRAP with your care co-ordinator. You may wish to consider talking with your care co-ordinator about the different options available for WRAP.

Please download a WRAP template and a WRAP information pack.