WRAP® Training Beginning April 2nd!!

On Our Own of Montgomery County is pleased to announce that we will be holding our next WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan) training session beginning Wednesday April 2nd, 2014.  The start date was pushed back a week from the original date in March. It will be held here at the Center:

434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

There are eight sessions scheduled to meet on Wednesday beginning April 2nd.  Each session will be two hours from 1pm to 3pm in the afternoon.  There is an increasing need for peer support in our communities.

Note: We are now accepting registration for the waitlist for the April 2nd session. Check back periodically to see when the next class will be offered. Thank you!

The following is taken verbatim from the Copeland Center website:

“WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Planâ„¢. WRAP® is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP is designed to: Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors Increase personal empowerment Improve quality of life Assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams WRAP is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating them. It also includes plans for responses from others when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe.

WRAP is for: Anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, or increase their enjoyment in life. Anything from deep sadness, arthritis, hearing voices, diabetes to “burn out.”” CITATION

“The WRAP® system was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Mary Ellen Copeland, an internationally acclaimed author, educator, and mental health advocate, initially practiced WRAP® to help with her own struggles with mental health challenges. In 1997, Mary Ellen began to share WRAP® with other people who were struggling with a wide range of emotional, physical, and mental health challenges. Through her books and lectures, she has taught tens of thousands of people over the past decade-and-a-half to adapt WRAP® to their own personal recovery journeys.” CITATION

If you are interested in participating in this training or a future training, please contact Pete at (240) 683-5555 Ext. 802 or EMAIL



Monthly Membership Meeting

March 2014 Membership Meeting

At our March Membership Meeting and Community Meal yesterday; members, staff, volunteers, and board members gathered at our community center at 434 East Diamond Ave. in Olde Towne Gaithersburg.  The ability of all levels of On Our Own of Montgomery County to gather together to share in discussion and the breaking of bread together is such an integral part of our organization. Members, staff, volunteers, and board members were present to step into the new month together.

We are starting the new month of March by “Stepping into Recovery” – the theme of our monthly activities, programs, and calendar of events.  Hopefully this wintery weather will depart soon!!  Spring is a new beginning to wipe the slate clean and move forward in a positive way.  Yesterday we spoke with one another about the importance of personal responsibility in our own recovery.

Thanks to all of you who came out to celebrate the new month with us!

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.


Advocacy for Disabled at Annapolis Capitol Building
Advocacy at Annapolis Capitol Building

Rallies in Annapolis – Let Our Voices Be Heard!

January 30, 2014:  Action Annapolis is an advocacy event sponsored by On Our Own of Maryland and the Maryland Disability Law Center.  OOOMC rallies in Action Annapolis – a morning legislative training followed by the opportunity for consumers of mental health services to meet with legislators to present information on issues that are meaningful to them.  Advocates and consumers are welcome to attend.

February 5, 2014: The Mental Health Rally will be a gathering on Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis of all individuals and groups supporting advocacy for increased funding for mental health services.  All individuals interested in supporting mental health are welcome to attend.




Thanks to Misha Kessler for sharing this.

If you think someone is considering suicide, don’t be scared to break the silence.  Remember QPR:
QUESTION — ask if they are having suicidal thoughts.
PERSUADE — listen carefully, then suggest that they let you help.
REFER — contact an adult or a lifeline to get help.

1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)



Volunteer Center Volunteers
Cards of encouragement that kids made for moms and babies in transitional housing.
Volunteers busy at work!


On Monday, January 20th, 2014 Montgomery County we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service! We joined with thousands of Americans across the country who celebrated the national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. King by doing service in their communities. Lots of folks came to volunteer with us in putting together bags of toiletries and baby Items for the Avery Road Treatment Center’s Women and Children Shelter as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service! Thank you to all of you who took the time to join hands in this show of good will and community partnership.

Please contact us if you have questions about this recent event!