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Mental health wellness class to begin Sept. 7

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 11:21 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – An eight-week mental health recovery class will begin Sept. 7 at the McHenry County PADS Day Center, 14411 Kishwaukee Valley Road.

Called Wellness Recovery Action Planning, the free class is open to the public. Concepts can be applied to almost any aspect of life, as participants design their own WRAP plans.

Participants must be at least 18 year old. Class size is limited to 12 people.

The class will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26. The class will be facilitated by Dick Peterson, a state-certified recovery support specialist with Pioneer Center for Human Services, Homeless Services – McHenry County PADS.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning is recognized as an “evidence-based practice” by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is endorsed and coordinated by the state Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health.

It is based on the work of Mary Ellen Copeland, and information about it can be found at www.mentalhealthrecovery.com.

“Wellness Recovery Action Planning is a common-sense, methodical approach to wellness, be it mental or physical,” said Peterson, who has mental illnesses. “When it comes to our mental health, if something goes wrong, people too often suffer needlessly and alone in silence, fearing stigma. But mental illnesses are among the most treatable of serious diseases. The state motto for mental illness is, ‘Recovery is expected!’ ”

To register for the class or for information, contact Peterson at 815-759-7287 or rpeterson@pioneercenter.org.

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