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Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Peer support for people with mental illnesses

 The latest in a series of WRAP workshops starts Oct. 3 for people who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder or other mental health challenges.

WRAP — Wellness Action Recovery Plan — focuses on empowering people to develop tools that will help them gain more control over their moods, anxieties and actions.

In WRAP classes, people learn to identify triggers that upset their mental wellness. They also develop a personal action plan for taking control of their mental health. They’re guided by a trained facilitator who has experience using WRAP principles to enhance his/her own mental health.

There’s no cost to attend the 8-week class, but it’s important to reserve a spot by calling Mental Health America of Frederickburg at 540/371-2704 or sending an email to mhafred@mhafred.org.

Meetings will be held each Monday for eight weeks in room B on the first floor of the Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza, on the campus of Mary Washington Hospital, from 6-8 p.m.  (Note: Meetings will not be held in room 2, as was previously reported. WRAP leaders recently provided updated information about the correct room location.)

To learn more about WRAP, visit mentalhealthrecovery.com, which provides extensive information about the program, its founder and its history.

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