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WRAP Newsletter from NAMI Mercer NJ for 08/01/2016.
WRAP News from NAMI Mercer NJ for 8/01/2016
You are receiving this email because you have either inquired about or attended a WRAP workshop at NAMI Mercer NJ. If you would like to stop receiving this email, please see the unsubscribe section at the end of the newsletter.
In This Newsletter
In this newsletter we post the latest WRAP news from NAMI Mercer NJ.
In the Using My WRAP section we talk about the first key recovery concept of WRAP – Hope.
Finally, we have information on how you can join our new online WRAP support group on Thursday evenings.
What is WRAP?
WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a group of tools that those of us with behavioral health challenges use to understand and manage our illness.
Upcoming WRAP Events at NAMI Mercer NJ
Fall WRAP Workshop
NAMI Mercer will present their annual Fall WRAP Workshop every Wednesday evening beginning September 28th. This evidence based practice workshop runs for 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings. The workshop will meet from 6:00-8:30 PM at NAMI Mercer in Lawrenceville, NJ. This WRAP workshop covers all aspects of WRAP in great detail. For example, we spend 2 sessions just developing wellness tools. We spend another 2 sessions working on crisis planning.
This workshop is only for those of us who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. WRAP as evidence based practice is facilitated by peers for the peers in the workshop.
Advance registration is required for this workshop. Seating for this popular workshop is limited. Please contact us at 609-799-8994 x19 to register. There is no charge for this workshop - NAMI Mercer offers this as a public service to the community.
3rd Annual Holiday WRAP
On Saturday, November 19th NAMI Mercer will present our 3rd annual Holiday WRAP. This one day workshop focuses on using WRAP techniques to deal with holiday stress. The workshop is open to anyone (not just peers) wishing to learn a few techniques to help deal with holiday stress.
This workshop is held at NAMI Mercer in Lawrenceville, NJ. The room opens at 8:30 AM and the workshop starts at 9:00 AM. The workshop typically ends at 3:00 PM. Coffee and pastry are served in the morning and a light lunch is provided.
Online WRAP Support
NAMI Mercer is now offering an online WRAP support group meeting. The group meets from 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern every Thursday evening. The group is open to everyone who has an interest in learning more about WRAP.
We focus on successes in using our WRAP, questions about how to use our WRAP, and when there is time, discussion about the different parts of WRAP. Please join us and share your understanding of WRAP with the group.
To access the meeting online as a video conference call, click on:
To call into the meeting from your phone please call:
Enter the meeting ID 149 245 4791 when prompted
Using my WRAP
In this section we look at ways to use our WRAP more effectively. Please contact us if there is something you would like us to help you with.
Hope – A WRAP Key Recovery Concept
WRAP has five key recovery concepts. The first one is Hope. The others are Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy, and Support. In this issue we will talk a bit about hope.
Why is hope so important to our recovery from behavioral health challenges? One person in recovery said:
This is such difficult work. If I don’t have hope that things are going to get better, then I don’t have any reason to do the work.
We recently heard a clinician say:
Recovery must start with hope. Hope is where it all begins. That’s how people learn that there is the possibility of a better day.
We heard this said in a recent workshop:
Hope is what gets me out of bed in the mornings. This is such hard work. My hope is that I will learn something today that will get me a little closer to being happy all the time.
Each of us finds our own reason for hope. It does not matter what it is, as long as we have one. My personal hope is to find a way to take a half step forward each day. It may be slow, but it can be steady. The half step that I take today gives me hope that tomorrow I can take another half step forward.
What gives you hope? How do you define hope? We would love to hear from you. Send us your ideas about hope so that we can share them in this newsletter. Also, attend our online support group meeting and share what gives you hope with others in the meeting.
Do You Have a Question?
Do you have a question that you would like answered in this newsletter? Please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-799-8994 x19 and leave us a voice mail.
Weekly WRAP Online Support Group
We offer a weekly online support group that helps us to use our WRAP more effectively. The group meets every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern.
To access the meeting online as a video conference call click on:
Please contact us by sending an email to email@example.com. You may also call 609-799-8994 x19 and leave a voice mail. We check these message boxes several time a day and will reply to you as soon as we can.
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To stop receiving this email please reply to this email with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line. to deal with holiday stress. The workshop is open to anyone (not just peers) wishing to learn a few techniques to help deal with holiday stress.
Hope is what gets me out of bed in the mo