Corrina Todd has been clean for 13 years. It hasn’t been easy, but she’s had help. Thirteen years ago, when she was in transitional housing at the Abbe Center, Corrina created a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), 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.
“You don’t just go into crisis,” Corrina explained. “WRAP allows me to watch out for my triggers. It helps bring to life when you’re healthy the things that send you into crisis mode and helps you take steps to remove yourself from the situation.”
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, and by health care and mental health systems worldwide to address all kinds of physical, mental health, and life issues.
Now, WRAP will be coming to the East Central Region. In August, Jason Orent and Todd Lange presented a funding request for Doors to Wellbeing to provide training for 16 peer support specialists to become WRAP facilitators. Peers from throughout the region will participate in the training following an application process. Once trained, WRAP will be offered to anyone who meets the region’s requirements.
Corrina, a peer support specialist at Abbe Center and co-chair of ECR’s advisory committee, can’t wait.
“It’s going to help a lot of people,” she said.