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Taking control of your care. Saturday December 14, 2013

A few weeks ago my Care Co-ordinator asked me if I would have a go at doing a WRAP. A Wellness Recovery Action Plan. I was a bit sceptical of yet another set of forms to fill in, but always willing to try anything that may help, I had a go.

I found it quite illuminating, the WRAP is split up into two parts. The first deals mainly with you. The second is a crisis plan to help others deal with you.

In the first part you are asked to examine yourself. You write about what you are like when you are well, what triggers you, how you can handle the triggers, what you can do when you get worse and how you know things have reached crisis point.

Thinking in detail about what makes us tick can sometimes be helpful in identifying when things are going wrong. I showed the WRAP to a friend and my daughter who both identified things that I do when things are not going well, things that I had not realised I did. One of these was that my face changed colour, something that I think is useful to share with my other friends and the professional team.

The second part of the WRAP is used to detail crisis management. Here you identify how others know that you need help and how they can help. For the first time I felt that I might be able to control how I wanted people to react, especially when things had reached a point where I or others may be in danger.

I will share my WRAP with my Care coordinator, the Crisis Team, my family and my close friends as I think that the more people know about what I am like when I am ill the more they will be able to help.

If you would like to write a WRAP you can download the form by following this link:

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Charlie Sat, Dec 14th 2013 @ 7:35am

Fascinating, Penny, what a brilliant concept - and well done for being brave - and honest - enough to bare your soul in writing. As you say, enabling others to recognise that you're in trouble when you're incapable of vocalising is invaluable.

Rob Sat, Dec 14th 2013 @ 10:13am

I've just found that a Word DOC version *is* available! In the URL, change the .pdf at the end into .doc. There must be a Word version saved into the same folder on the web server! Great stuff.

Rob Sat, Dec 14th 2013 @ 10:13am

WRAPs are a great idea, they seem very useful. Thanks!

j3nnylynnetucker Sat, Dec 14th 2013 @ 11:39am

I'm doing a WRAP right now with my care co-ordinator. I personally found it quite difficult to travel back to my worst times and have it written down, but it's best to learn from it rather than attempt to erase it from your memory.

Again I also found it difficult to write down what I expect of my family, friends and the mental health team if I were ever to relapse. I like to think I'm doing a lot better than I used to be and the possibility of relapsing terrifies me to my very core. However I push past that and settle into the comfort of relief knowing that there will always be a safety net. I'll never stop being grateful for all the help just one poor sod like me has been given.

Well done on writing yours, mad respect for you to get through it. I guess other people see it in different ways.

Anonymous Sat, Dec 14th 2013 @ 4:46pm

Well done Penny Pens. So proud of you xxx

Anonymous Sun, Dec 15th 2013 @ 10:31am

It's something that appeals to me, I might ask about it.

Anonymous Mon, Dec 16th 2013 @ 4:03pm

Agreed, quite a scary thing to put together, but what a powerful resource! It makes so much sense to share issues with those who matter and can help out in crisis. Thank you, Penny, for including this blog.

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