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Wellness Recovery Action Planning is a structured system that encourages people to carefully observe themselves and use their personal wisdom to create a plan that will assist them to get well and stay well. It is a system that is based on the experience of others who have got well and got on with their lives despite having mental health difficulties/ psychiatric symptoms. It is a system that is based on values of hope, self-determination, personal empowerment, and responsibility and focuses on the importance of education, personal strengths rather than deficits and natural support systems.

WRAP was started in 1989 as Mary Ellen Copeland began her studies of how people help themselves, get well, and stay well and her work received an important boost from the 1992 publication of the best-selling Depression Workbook. The Workbook, now a keystone in mental health circles, was the result of interviews with hundreds of people and years of research.

The WRAP has now been translated and adapted for several different languages. The recently completed Maori language translation of this book has formed the basis of this website, and the full translation it available by clicking "Te Mahere Whakatika Oranga / The Wellness Recovery Action Plan" in the main menu above.