The Family Wellness Project is an early intervention mental health project for children aged 5 - 12 and their families. It has been awarded five years funding from the Big Lottery Fund under the Reaching Out Supporting Families programme.
The five year project, led by MindWise in partnership with Action Mental Health, AWARE, Cause, Parenting NI and the Trusts’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), will support 500 families in the Southern and Western Health and Social Care Trust areas.
The project aims to enhance the emotional health and wellbeing of children aged 5 - 12 who are at risk of developing significant mental health difficulties if early intervention measures are not identified and addressed, with a view to reducing their need for more intensive or long term support from statutory/other services.
The project will adopt a holistic person and family centred approach which will help families to better support their children, understand and cope with their circumstances, to be part of the community they live in and to experience less stigma and discrimination.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
The Family Wellness Project uses the WRAP approach with the families we work with.
Wellness: A sense of feeling good about yourself and not feeling sad or angry more than normal. People with a sense of wellness live and enjoy life.
Recovery: This is a journey. It can be anything but it generally involves feeling better about yourself, an illness or a problem.
Action: This is what you can do. The things that you put in place or change in your life to help the recovery journey.
Plan: The idea of a plan here is that you will have an idea of what it looks like when you are well and what it looks like when you aren’t well. You can write it down, type it out or be as creative as you want when creating your plan.
WRAP was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and other people who had been feeling bad for years and developed a plan to feel better.
It can be used by anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, increase their enjoyment of life or increase wellness. This system is something which is individual to each person; no one can create it for you. It will help you to keep track of some of the difficult feelings you can have and develop actions which can make you feel better. The plan is developed to try and help you stay as well as possible. Progress is measured by you not by someone else. Wrap will help you think through a process, recognising subtle signs of changes which may indicate things are worsening for you. It sets out actions that you create to make yourself feel better, get well and stay well
WRAP is not a replacement for traditional medical treatment and other therapies, it is complementary to them. It may not prevent or completely alleviate difficulties but it is hoped that with using it, we can reduce the difficult times and be able to deal with them without them escalating therefore preventing crisis.
WRAP can be used for any aspect of life. You should always develop a WRAP when you feel well. You can be as creative as you want with WRAP - it’s up to you how it’s done.
The Family Wellness Project offer a range of services to help support your family.
What families have said...
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