Individuals living with mental illness can benefit from more than just mental health treatment. In many cases, tackling social determinants of health, addressing physical health comorbidities, and linking patients to social service supports within their community can be beneficial to overall quality of life and wellness.1 Community supports can provide guardrails for an individual to self-navigate, self-motivate, and be more engaged and proactive with their health care.2
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What do we know about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan – known as WRAP – a nationally-recognized self-help program for people with mental illness? During this interview hear from Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, who explains how people with mental illness can benefit from this unique program to achieve wellness. Dr. Copeland is an author and mental health advocate, as well as the Founder of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery; she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH.Listen In
The concept of “wellness” is subjective. It can be impacted by factors like exercise, weight loss, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep, social connectivity and stress reduction.
Community-based treatment is associated with continuity of care, greater user satisfaction, increased adherence to treatment, better protection of human rights, and prevention of stigma.
Community supports recognize and can communicate the importance of treating the mind and body while considering all the dimensions of wellness, including social, emotional, occupational, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, and physical.
As much as community support services are geared toward providing support and resources to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness, so too do they provide access to supports that promote the health and wellness of caregivers. The support of caregivers is crucial in engaging and supporting individuals with mental illness.
The ultimate goal of community support services is to partner with individuals living with mental illness and their family members to help them be well, manage symptoms, and achieve and maintain recovery, in addition to securing necessary social supports in their community.