The Personal Focus service offers Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) workshops throughout the year in central Auckland and Franklin.
Our certified WRAP trainers will guide you through a series of 2-hour workshops that will:
- Discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
- Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
- Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
- Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
- Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning
WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.
By the end of the workshops you will have covered the following:
- A Wellness Toolbox – A list of resources used to develop your WRAP. It includes things like: contacting friends and supporters, peer counselling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, journaling, affirming activities, exercise, diet, light, and getting a good night’s sleep.
- A Daily Maintenance Plan – Describe yourself when you are well and list things you need to do every day to maintain wellness.
- Identified Triggers – External events or circumstances that, if they happen, may make you feel uncomfortable. These are normal reactions, but if we don’t deal with them in some way, they may actually cause us to feel worse.
- Early Warning Signs – Internal, subtle signs that let you know you are beginning to feel worse. Reviewing Early Warning Signs regularly helps us to become more aware of them and allow us to take action before they worsen.
- When Things are Breaking Down – List signs that let you know you are feeling much worse, like feeling sad all the time or are hearing voices. Using your Wellness Toolbox, develop a powerful action plan to help you feel better as quickly as possible and prevent an even more difficult time.
- Crisis Plan – Identify signs that let others know they need to take over responsibility for your care and decision making. Outline a plan for who you want to take over and support you through this time, healthcare, staying home, things others can do to help and things they might choose to do that would not be helpful. This kind of proactive advanced planning keeps you in control even when it seems like things are out of control.
- Post Crisis Plan – You may want to think about this part of the plan in advance and write some things to do post-crisis. However, you may want to write most of it as you are beginning to recover from the crisis—when you have a clearer picture of what you need to do for yourself to get well. If you have just been through a crisis, let your Post Crisis Plan guide you as you heal.
The workshops also cover five key recovery concepts that provide the foundation of effective recovery work.
- Hope – People who experience mental health difficulties get well, stay well and go on to meet their life dreams and goals.
- Personal Responsibility – It’s up to you, with the assistance of others, to take action and do what needs to be done to keep yourself well.
- Education – Learning all you can about what you are experiencing so you can make good decisions about all aspects of your life.
- Self Advocacy – Effectively reaching out to others so that you can get what it is that you need, want and deserve to support your wellness and recovery.
- Support – While working toward your wellness is up to you, receiving support from others, and giving support to others will help you feel better and enhance the quality of your life.
For further information and workshop dates and locations contact the programme administrator by:
Referral to personal focus
Personal Focus (groups activities) is available to people from 16 to 65 years of age for Community Participation who have experienced mental ill-health. Referral to the service (for Group activities or Community Participation) can be made by any of the following:
- Community Support Worker
- Community Mental Health Centres
- Supported Accommodation Providers
- Family / Whanau
- General Practitioner
- Other Framework services