WRAP Overview

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Overview

Program Overview

WRAP is two day online workshop led by experienced facilitators and people living with spinal cord injury, family members and carers. During the program you will discover the five key concepts, and explore the wellness toolbox and six wellness plans.

The FIVE KEY CONCEPTS are the foundations of WRAP and include:

  • Hope. The belief that we can get well, stay well, and go on to fulfill our dreams and goals. When we consider what hope means to us, we can also consider ways to increase hope in our own lives.
  • Personal responsibility. It’s up to each of us to take action and do what needs to be done to stay well. We get to decide what personal responsibility means to us and the steps we want to take to be responsible for ourselves and our wellness.
  • Education. Learning all we can about what we are experiencing helps us make good decisions about all parts of our lives. We can each define education for ourselves and explore steps we want to take to learn more in any area.
  • Self-advocacy. Reaching out to others and expressing our needs helps us get what we need, want, and deserve to support our wellness and recovery. We can determine for ourselves how we want to self-advocate in different areas of our lives, including how we want to communicate our needs and preferences to others.
  • Support. Receiving support from others, and giving support, will help us feel better and enhance our quality of life. We get to decide what support means to us, what we look for in supporters, and how we want to provide support as well as how we want to receive it.
  • We use these key concepts and our wellness toolbox to create our wellness plans and build our WRAP.

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    Wellness Toolbox

    A list of skills and strategies for keeping ourselves well and for feeling better if we don’t feel well. Wellness tools are simple, safe, accessible, and often free things we can do to recover or maintain our wellness. They give us hope and help us feel connected to others and to ourselves.


    • Part 1: Daily Wellness Plan

    The daily plan is a simple structure for putting wellness tools into action for daily living. This includes a description of how we look and feel when we’re well, things we need to do every day to stay well, and things we may want to do on a particular day to maintain wellness and make our life how we want it to be.

    • Part 2: Triggers

    These are events, circumstances, or situations that may lead to uncomfortable feelings or behaviours. Some people prefer the words “stressors” or “red flags.” Whatever you call these occurrences, when they happen they cause a normal reaction to the events in our lives—but if we don’t respond to them and deal with them, they can make us feel worse and disrupt our wellness.

    • Part 3: Early Warning Signs

    These are subtle signs of change that indicate we may need to take some action to keep our situation from worsening. Whereas stressors are things that happen around us, early warning signs are things we notice about ourselves or our environment that tell us we need to be proactive to protect or restore wellness.

    • Part 4: Signs That Things Are Breaking Down

    When things are breaking down, we’re feeling worse and worse despite our best efforts. This is the time to take immediate action to prevent a crisis.

    • Part 5: Crisis Plan

    If a crisis happens, it’s not your fault. The crisis plan helps you stay in control even when things feel out of control by making advance plans for yourself and for your supporters for what you need during this time.

    • Part 6: Post-Crisis Plan

    The post-crisis plan helps us navigate the period after a crisis so we can return to our daily plan on the timetable and in the way that makes sense for us. It also helps us evaluate our WRAP to identify new tools or strategies we want to use based on what we learned about ourselves through the crisis we experienced.

    If you would like to register for our WRAP Program click here.