WRAP Daily Maintenance

Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan, commonly known as WRAP, is a self-management and recovery system developed by Mary Ellen Copeland. It’s designed to aid individuals in managing their mental health and maintaining their well-being. Because I have a background in clinical mental health counseling and dedication to health and wellness, I recognize the importance of such a structured system. This system allows individuals to take a proactive approach to their mental health, ensuring they remain in a place of wellness even during challenging times.

One of the crucial components of the WRAP is the Daily Maintenance Plan. Let’s delve into the intricacies of this component, keeping in mind the importance of holistic well-being and its role in personal and societal growth.

The Essence of the Daily Maintenance Plan

At the heart of Copeland’s WRAP is the acknowledgment that individuals know themselves best. This self-awareness is key to identifying what one needs daily to remain well and to recognize when things might be deviating from their baseline of well-being. This concept is true for everyone, regardless of mental health status.

The Daily Maintenance Plan is broken down into several sections:

  1. Wellness Tools: These are personal strategies or activities that an individual identifies as being beneficial to their well-being. They could range from reading and writing to more physical activities like yoga or exercise. Each person’s toolkit will be unique to them.
  2. List of Things You Need to Do Every Day: This is a list of activities or tasks that one needs to accomplish daily to ensure they remain well. For instance, this could include taking prescribed medication, engaging in physical activity, or practicing mindfulness. This is the part that is emphasized here on this website page.
  3. List of Things You Might Need to Do: This is a contingency list, detailing activities or tasks that one might need to do under specific circumstances. For instance, if someone identifies that lack of sleep triggers their anxiety, they might list “take a nap” or “engage in a calming bedtime routine” as things they might need to do when they haven’t slept well.

The Importance of the Daily Maintenance Plan

  1. Proactivity Over Reactivity: One of the main benefits of the Daily Maintenance Plan is that it emphasizes proactive behavior. By identifying and committing to activities that maintain wellness, individuals are less likely to find themselves in crisis situations. This can be seen as a proactive approach to mental health, focusing on wellness and prevention rather than only addressing challenges when they arise.
  2. Personal Empowerment: WRAP, through its Daily Maintenance Plan, offers individuals a sense of agency over their mental health. By identifying and committing to personal wellness tools, individuals feel more in control of their well-being. It’s an embodiment of the central tenets of self-determination and self-efficacy in the field of mental health.
  3. Holistic Perspective: The Daily Maintenance Plan encourages individuals to adopt a holistic view of health, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This aligns well with a broader understanding of health and wellness, emphasizing the importance of addressing all aspects of a person’s health in their many interconnected life domains.
  4. Structure and Consistency: For many, having a structured plan can be grounding. The Daily Maintenance Plan offers a consistent and structured approach to daily wellness, ensuring that individuals don’t overlook crucial aspects of their well-being.


Mary Ellen Copeland’s WRAP, with its Daily Maintenance Plan, provides a valuable framework for individuals looking to take charge of their mental health. As someone who is deeply committed to promoting health and wellness, I appreciate the foresight and structure the Daily Maintenance Plan offers. It seamlessly blends personal insight with structured planning, allowing for an individualized and proactive approach to mental health and overall holistic wellness. I myself have created and implemented my own WRAP, and have been trained as a WRAP facilitator and WRAP trainer.

As society progresses and acknowledges the importance of health and wellness (mental, physical, emotional), tools like WRAP become increasingly invaluable. They represent a paradigm shift in health care – moving from a purely medical model to one that emphasizes personal agency, empowerment, and holistic well-being.