Mental Health Recovery Network launches at Abertay
An innovative course to help people in Tayside manage their mental health and wellbeing is set to be rolled out across the region, it was announced today (Thursday, August 28).
Known as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), the course will empower those with mental health difficulties to take more control over their own wellbeing and recovery.
A self-management tool, the WRAP is based on the premise that there are no limits to recovery - the ability to live a meaningful and fulfilling life with or without mental illness.
It was developed in the USA and its use is gradually being implemented throughout Scotland by the Scottish Recovery Network.
The courses will be run by accredited WRAP facilitators - a mixture of mental health professionals and those with lived experience.
There are currently 73 trained facilitators in Scotland, and the Mental Health Recovery Network for Tayside has been launched by those who underwent training at Abertay University in July.
The Network will oversee the development and delivery of WRAP courses within Tayside over the coming year, and is a positive step forward in improving the care and support of people who experience mental health problems in the region.
Emma Lamont - Mental Health Nursing Lecturer at Abertay University - explains:
“This is a really exciting project to be involved in. We are delighted to be working so closely with our NHS and voluntary partners in Tayside, and to have the support of the Scottish Recovery Network.
“Increasingly mental health care is conducted in community settings as opposed to hospitals, and WRAP as a self-management resource is an integral part of that transformation.
“Driving this is the fundamental belief that recovery from mental illness is a very real possibility. In particular, people who previously would have spent significant time in institutionalised settings are now living full, productive and meaningful lives in the community.”
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