One approach to managing a health condition, which at
times gets better and at at times gets worse, is
to make a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). It
will help you to be clear about:
- how to keep well at work
- signs that you are getting unwell again
- triggers that make you unwell
- what to do if you get unwell
- how to get back on track after you have been unwell.
Some organisations, like Rethink and the Employers’ Forum on
Disability, support the idea that all staff, whether they have a
mental health problem or not, would benefit from developing a WRAP.
This would be one way of reducing the stigma attached to mental
ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental
Rachel Perkins, Paul Farmer
and Paul Litchfield
Department for Work and
Pensions, December 2009
This review was commissioned
by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to look at mental
health and employment and to identify how Government could help
people with mental health conditions fulfil their employment
ambitions. Appendix 6 includes suggestions for what a WRAP
for work might contain. The review also includes an example
of the strategies that some people have found effective in managing
their mental health condition at work.
Rethink - What's reasonable at work?
This booklet includes how to
develop a WRAP including 6 key sections
Daily maintenance plan,
triggers, early warning signs, when things are breaking down,
crisis plan and towards recovery. Appendix A of the report includes
an example of a WRAP developed by a former member of Rethink
Feeling stressed: Keeping well
This workbook is available
through the Mindful Employer initiative. It is based on
elements of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) originally
developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of mental health
service users who wanted to work on their own recovery. It is a
practical tool to help people with mental health problems to gain
more control over problems or difficulties you may encounter as a
result of stress caused by workload, relationships with colleagues,
outside work pressures or other issues.
and thriving at work is a suite of toolkits, training, and
advice from Radar (Royal Association of Disability Rights) which
offer an easy framework for surviving and thriving at work.
Please note that we are unable to offer advice on individual cases. Please see our
advice on getting help.
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