Where Are They Now: Mental Health Hero – Mary Ellen Copeland
Over the next few posts, I would like to check in on some of our past Mental Health Heros in a “Where Are They Now?” series.
Where Are They Now: 2012 Mental Health Hero – Mary Ellen Copeland
I had the amazing privilege of meeting Mary Ellen Copeland in person at a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance conference. She is a pioneer together with colleagues and friends in the self-help movement positively empowering millions with the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program. Things are still going strong, next week the Copeland Center will host a wellness conference.
Join the Copeland Center and our grassroots community for WRAP Around the World in Sacramento, CA. We’ll be gathering on June 5-7, 2017.
Check it out: excerpts of WRAP’s history:
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) was developed by people who had been living with a variety of mental health challenges and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. In 1997, several dozen individuals who had experienced serious mental illnesses came together in northern Vermont for an eight-day gathering designed to initiate dialogues on how to improve their emotional and mental health. Many of the attendees had been residents of state psychiatric hospitals at various periods in their lives. They came together to discuss practical strategies for regaining and sustaining their own wellness. They did not know it at the time but this cadre of intrepid explorers was blazing the trail towards a new international self-help movement for wellness and recovery.
Over the past decade and a half, Mary Ellen Copeland has reached millions of people through her books and lectures, empowering people from diverse communities and all walks of life to use WRAP for their own personal recovery journeys. Now, WRAP is being utilized in formal and informal recovery programs in all 50 states and in countries around the world. WRAP is being implemented by behavioral health departments, mental health agencies, addictions treatment programs, as well as an array of other recovery groups in the United States and across the globe.
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Stewart, C. (2017). Where Are They Now: Mental Health Hero – Mary Ellen Copeland. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2017/05/where-are-they-now-mental-health-hero-mary-ellen-copeland/