Union Station Weekly; Vol. 3, Issue 5; September 4, 2020

What do you do For Self-Care?

Self-Care for me is knowing that I have to keep busy, but not too busy that I am overwhelmed. This is done by making time to do interests that I enjoy and not by doing things like excessive work that irritates me excessively. I also know that by focusing on my interests, keeping in touch with family, friends and supports on a regular basis, as well as using tools in my recovery toolbox (such as maintaining my WRAP- Wellness Recovery Action Plan. I would also include taking care of my body, blogging, sleeping and medicating regularly, reading the Bible, and watching things that humor me are a part of what I need to practice healthy self-care for my mental health.

The importance of a WRAP During the Pandemic

 Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend another Member Educational Webinar Event through my employer and Beacon Health Options, our behavioral health managed care organization. During the training, we heard the stories of three individuals that became certified peer specialists before advancing on to other positions in the mental health field. For most of them one of the key points I took from the training was the practice of a Wellness, Recovery and Action Plan, Or WRAP. WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, as well as health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health, and life issues. WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. WRAP Will Help You:

¨ Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools

¨ Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible

¨ Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse, using wellness tools, and developing action plans for responding at these times

¨ Create a crisis plan

¨ Create a post-crisis plan

Through the advancements of technology, there is a FREE app where you can develop your own WRAP available at the WRAP Webite: http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com Also, the site I prefer, the Fayette County Network of Care Website, provided me with one of the first trainings my supervisor gave me when I started my job 10 years ago. That is accessed at the following address: From the latter, you can create a secure Personal Health Record (PHR) that can be secured with something as simple as an email address and password and is stored on a secure server. The WRAP Process is something that needs a lot of time and care and should be taken seriously. It is intended to help you develop tools to use out of your toolbox that keep you well and put them into plan should symptoms return at any given time. If for any some reason an individual can develop a plan of care with support from others. This plan can be assured in a time of mental health crisis. Guidance on this plan is given in video instruction on both the WRAP and Network of Care Websites by the founder, Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. She speaks of the tools that she uses as an example to inspire others. Additionally, the Fayette County Network of Care, provided by the Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration, is a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is “No Wrong Door” for those who need services. This Web site can greatly assist in our efforts to protect our greatest human asset – our beautiful minds. Within the Recovery Learning Center website there are a series of wellness and recovery trainings that are free to all Network of Care visitors as well as a host of prerecorded Lunch and Learn Seminars by OMHSAS that were recorded from some time ago.

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