Mental health recovery plan worksheet

What is the theory behind this Mental health recovery plan worksheet?

A mental health recovery plan, also known as the wellness recovery plan, is a structural approach towards dealing with your mental distress in the most effective way possible. Getting to know the signs and symptoms in a step by step organized manner transforms an overwhelming situation into something that can be controlled.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet is helpful for the clients who have successfully terminated their therapy sessions and now they want a daily reminder or a plan to work on their mental health with the help of the strategies they learned in the therapy. This can become a practical guide to refer to daily in times of distress.

How to use this worksheet?

In the table below, write about the people, things and situations that can work as your support system. Then write your baseline healthy behaviors as well as list your triggering situations, people and places. The action plan requires you to deal with the triggers and utilize your support system. The post action plan helps you to maintain those healthy behaviors and activities after the triggers are gone and dealt with.

Mental health recovery plan worksheet

Mental well-being basics
Things that improve and support my well-beingActivities that i set up as my baseline for when i am feeling well My triggers
Action plan
How I can use my support system when I want to feel betterHow I can manage my activities to keep myself feeling mentally wellHow to deal with these triggers?

Coping strategies

Post-action maintenance 


Higgins, A., Callaghan, P., deVries, J., Keogh, B., Morrissey, J., Nash, M., Ryan, D., Gijbels, H. and Carter, T. (2012), Evaluation of mental health recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Planning education in Ireland: a mixed methods pre–postevaluation. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68: 2418-2428.

Kisely, S., Wyder, M., Dietrich, J., Robinson, G., Siskind, D. and Crompton, D. (2017), Motivational aftercare planning to better care: Applying the principles of advanced directives and motivational interviewing to discharge planning for people with mental illness. Int J Mental Health Nurs, 26: 41-48.

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