Websites and Tools for promoting Personal Wellness

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery (external website)
Provides materials to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment through education, training, and research for implementing WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning). There are inspirational worldwide stories from facilitators as WRAP is integrated into varied cultures.
Mental Health Recovery and WRAP (external website)
Focuses on prevention and recovery from mental illness through education, training, and research. Includes resources for recovery and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and is linked to the WRAP and Recovery books written by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Facing Us Clubhouse (external website)
Offers an online clubhouse for wellness. An individual can track their key wellness trends, listen to inspirational podcasts and videos, have a space online to journal, and share information with others who live with mental health issues. Sponsored in connection with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
Online Recovery Education Training (external website)
Includes a series of basic interactive trainings on recovery and resiliency. There is an educational section that includes health literacy and mental health.
National Empowerment Center (external website)
Provides a wide variety of tools designed to enhance and empower the voice of individuals in services. Includes information on national trainings and the Alternatives Conference.

Resources for Training in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) (external website)
PRA features international information on conferences, membership, webinars, and applications for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner certification. The annual conference meets training needs of Psychiatric Rehabilitation workers and Certified Peer Supports.
Pennsylvania Association Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PAPRS) (external website)
PAPRS features information on psychiatric rehabilitation in Pennsylvania. PAPRS is the Pennsylvania chapter of PRA. Includes information on the annual conference, trainings, and technical assistance on psychiatric rehabilitation in Pennsylvania. PAPRS will design trainings to meet the needs of individual mental health providers in Pennsylvania.

Resources and Tools for Peer Supports and Peer Support Specialists

International Association of Peer Supports (external website)
Includes a wide range of information for peer supports, discussions on hot topic issues, and the future of peer support internationally. Features inspirational stories, research and resources, and upcoming conferences.
Peer Support Coalition (external website)
Features information about peer support in Pennsylvania, including information about becoming a certified peer support specialist, continued education, advocacy, and job opportunities. This is a membership organization.

Resources for Individuals & Family members and Parents living with Mental Health & Addiction Challenges

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (external website)
Offers a national location finder for Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support groups and for online support groups. Includes resources for peer supports, and uses a variety of podcasts to provide educational presentations.
National Call-in Parent Support Group (external website)
Child and Family Connections offers a national call-in center parent support group for parents living with mental illness. This free weekly support group is facilitated by peers and a mental health professional with lived experience.
National Alliance for Mental Illness of PA (NAMI PA) (external website)
Pennsylvania’s state-wide NAMI organization is under re-structuring. There is a listing of active chapters and upcoming educational classes on the national website under PA.
Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations-Alliance (external website)
Offers resources, advocacy, training, and support groups to individuals and families who are living with addictions and/or co-occurring addiction and mental health issues.

Advocacy and Community Awareness

Bring Change 2 Mind (external website)
Advocates and provides tools for ending the stigma and bias of mental health challenges. This national anti-stigma campaign provides resources and information to dispel the stigma. It also provides access to information and support for people who are experiencing mental illness.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (external website)
Provides information, referrals, and supports to individuals who are receiving services or who are in recovery from mental health challenges in Pennsylvania. PMHCA has been evolving and is currently offering navigators for the Affordable Care Act health choices, the Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative to offer trainings in the area of offering gender identity, and community trainings in stigma and advanced directives are offered. PMHCA is the PA trainer in Forensic Peer Support. PMHCA coordinates the Community Support Organizations in Pennsylvania.

Living a full Life in the Community

Temple University Collaborative on Community Integration (external website)
Features worksheets on living recovery in the community through use of the Community Integration toolkit. There are also materials on community inclusion and cultural competency.
Works for me - Pennsylvania (external website)
A free resource to assist people with varied disabilities to find agencies and programs that will help them find meaningful and sustainable work. Information is provided on the American Disabilities Act and seeking accommodations.
University of Illinois Chicago Mental Health Services Research (MHSRP) (external website)
Promotes recovery, self-determination, and full community participation for people with psychiatric disabilities. People with psychiatric disabilities, as well as their friends, family, advocates, and service providers, help design, implement, and evaluate projects to enhance services and knowledge of psychiatric disabilities and mental health services. UIC has added a research based Financial Education program for individuals in services.

Federal and State Resources to Understand Recovery from Mental Illness and Addictions

Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency (external website)
Contains resources for understanding and educating others about the behavioral health system and the process of transforming to a recovery-based system of care. Resources are available for children, adolescents, adults and older adults using resource of the mental health system.
A Call for Change: Toward a Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Service System for Adults, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (external website)
This document offers a comprehensive discussion of mental health system transformation in Pennsylvania. Contains extensive background chapters, including “The Roots of Recovery in Mental Health,” “What does Recovery Look Like?,” “Indicators of a Recovery-oriented Service System,” and “Implications of Shifting Toward a Recovery-oriented Mental Healthcare System.”

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration)

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (external website)
Describes a strategy for transforming mental health care so that services and supports actively facilitate recovery and build resilience. This executive summary identifies six goals of this transformation and presents model programs to illustrate the goals in practice.
National Consensus Statement on Recovery & Ten Principles of Recovery (2012 Revision) (external website)
This document includes a variety of pamphlets and forums for the general public to learn about mental health and addictions. This is the inclusive definition of recovery that includes mental health, addictions, and trauma and is used to create a recovery focused service system.
Recovery to Practice | SAMHSA (external website)
Recovery to Practice (RTP) helps behavioral health and general healthcare practitioners improve delivery of recovery-oriented services, supports, and treatment. RTP provides training and technical assistance (T/TA) and interactive webinars to enhance delivery of recovery-oriented behavioral health care. Training curriculums on recovery have been developed for: peer supports, additions/recovery specialists, psychiatric nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work.
Recovering Your Mental Health Series
Series of seven informational booklets prepared by Mary Ellen Copeland:
National Consumer Technical Assistance Center (external website)
Provides information about grants for consumer-based agencies to use to expand and grow their services to address underserved populations.


Emerging Best Practices in Mental Health Recovery (external website), by Wilma Townsend, Daniel Harris, Laura Bell-Martin, Marc Cherna, Patricia Valentine, Revised February 2005. Allegheny County Department of Human Services & Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Defines emerging best practices that service participants, providers and supporters can use to facilitate the recovery process, using a stages of change model
Recovery from Serious Mental Illness (external website), Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Useful one page overview of recovery and recovery resources.
What Helps and What Hinders: National Research Study (external website). S. Onken, J. Dumont, P.Ridgeway, D. Dorman and R.Ralph.
National Mental Research project that investigated Recovery Facilitating System Performance Indicators, which are now used in the ROSI assessment tool.