Key Recovery Concepts
Today we were focusing on how people can take care of themselves when in a very low and difficult place. For some this may be the achievement of just managing to get out of bed and get dressed, for others its things like being able to find distraction in a good book.
To develop such strategies more fully in life we invited Lorraine from Support in Mind Scotland to tell us about WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan) and the work of the Stafford Centre and the Carers groups. She told us about how WRAP has five key recovery concepts. These are:
- Hope – People who experience mental health difficulties get well, stay well and go on to meet their life dreams and goals.
- Personal Responsibility – It’s up to you, with the assistance of others, to take action About Image and do what needs to be done to keep yourself well.
- Education – Learning all you can about what you are experiencing so you can make good decisions about all aspects of you life.
- Self Advocacy – Effectively reaching out to others so that you can get what it is that you need, want and deserve to support your wellness and recovery.
- Support – While working toward your wellness is up to you, receiving support from others, and giving support to others will help you feel better and enhance the quality of your life.
We strongly identify with these concepts as our group often discusses the benefit of these. Hope is our foundation, and today we considered this idea of self advocacy as we often talk about how we would be able to assist and care for others, but we find we are not able to be kind, showing the same compassion to ourselves.
Lorraine explained how each WRAP plan is unique as each individual develops their own plan to be very personal to them. Lorraine also explained that it’s not about achieving massive goals everyday, but some days it could be about doing the minimum to keep yourself safe. People seemed keen to do a WRAP plan in the future.
We would like to thank Lorraine for giving up her time to attend the group today. Please click the links before for further information on the organisations we have mentioned.
Support in mind Scotland: http://www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/
The Stafford Centre: http://www.staffordcentre.org.uk/