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Pat Risser
Mental Health Consultant


Here's what I look like (click on the picture to read something about me)

            My current favorite quote:

"I don't believe in 'mental illness'.  My thoughts, moods, feelings and emotions are not a disease, disorder or an illness.  They are me.  They are the essence of my being and what makes me a unique human being."

My Story ��� Narrative about who and what I am: The Role of an Advocate

"If you have 100 people in a state hospital and find a way to get 50 of them out, I will celebrate with you for the release of the 50. But, the next day I will knock on your door asking about the difference between number 50 and number 51 and wondering why we couldn't get just one more out. And, I will keep knocking until 99 are out because I'll still be concerned about number 100. That's my job, my role as an advocate."




Mental Illness "Prevention" at work in the community (Stoney Creek Club)
Link to Stoney Creek Club


Medical Problems That Cause Psychiatric Behaviors

The Wrongness and Problem with Mental Health Court, Forced Treatment, Involuntary Outpatient Commitment, "Assisted Outpatient Treatment"
(Also downloadable in MS Word .doc format)

How to Escape from a Mental Hospital

Stopping Psychiatric Drugs
AndWithdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs

AndQuitting Psychiatric Drugs


A Rant on Language - I AM NOT "MENTALLY ILL!"

'Recovery' from Mental Illness: What is it? - Mad Pride!

History of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient/Ex-Inmate Movement
and, at 635 pages, I recommend downloading it if you need to use it. Download MS Word.doc version here or Adobe.pdf version here. One advantage to downloading it is it's easy to search the document and find specific items. Also, note that I update this document a couple times a year so it's constantly growing and if you're doing something official, you'll want to check to see if you've got the latest, greatest version.  

Pat's Qualifications/Resumes  

(Short Summary)
(Short Summary in MS Word .doc format)
(Comprehensive Resume/Vita)
(Trauma Resume)
(Training Consumers/Survivors as Providers Resume)
(Recovery Resume)
(Self-Determination Resume)

Pat's Online Brochure (Acrobat .pdf format)

Pat's Online Brochure (MS Word .doc format)

Some More Information About Me

If you need to download a copy of a presentation Pat has given at a conference or elsewhere, go here


Training/Teaching Mental Health Clients to Help Themselves

Whether it's called 'Peer Support' or 'Consumer-Operated Services' or 'Consumer Providers' or 'Peer Providers', it's all about someone with lived experience helping another person get through difficulties by providing non-judgmental understanding and support. This requires that the helper have some skill and expertise and even some training to overcome their own issues in order to better help others. This section talks about how to help others.

Link to Pat's "Consumers/Survivors as Providers" Web Page

Definition of "Peer"
(consumer, survivor, ex-patient, ex-inmate, client, user, mental patient, etc.)


Advocacy Connection to the Internet

Here's where you'll find the best of the rest. There are email lists to which you can belong to keep informed. There's also a brief list of web links that will provide you with the resources you need to be a well connected activist/advocate.

Mental Health Oppression and the Human Spirit: The Struggle to Overcome

The Mental Health Client Voice

Force, Coercion and Commitment Information

A List of Alternatives to Seclusion, Restraints
and Other Force or Coercion


A Rant Opposing Mental Health Courts

Advance Directives

Amicus Brief by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons stating that: "A civilized State does not forcibly drug its citizens, no matter how offensive. State use of the medical profession to force such drugs on its patients is improper and vulnerable to abuse. A precedent allowing forced drugging with mind-altering drugs could lead, one day, to atrocities analogous to those prohibited by the Nuremberg Code." Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10, Nuremberg, October 1946-April 1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O, 1949-1953) ("The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.") (emphasis added).

NAMI "f-AMI-ly" Style Oppression and Misinformation

Family members and others are entitled to support for the hardships they endure. However, when they step into the political arena and claim to be the "Nation's Voice on Mental Illness" then they are stepping on my voice and the voices of my peers. We are entitled to our own voice! Adults don't need "mommy and daddy" to speak on their behalf. Adults need to speak for themselves! That is a fundamental right!

I always wonder why "consumers/survivors would want to join NAMI. The answer is invariably that NAMI has power and clout and is the only support around. My response is that we need to develop our own supports and our own power and clout. To be forever sheltered under the wing of parents, family, friends, the system is an oppression from which we must free ourselves. That is a vital part of our "recovery" process. We have to grow up to be free and recover.

Also included are: Lies, Lies and More Lies
Lies by TAC (Treatment Advocacy Center)
Lies by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
Lies by D. J. Jaffe


Psychiatric Drug and Mental Health Facts and Information

Parity? No, thanks! Not if it pays for force!

Viewing "Borderline" in a more positive light as a Trauma Paradigm or way of coping

Training and Consultation in Mental Health Available!

Presentation/Training/Technical Assistance Fee Schedule

Other Fun and Interesting Stuff




To E-mail Pat send to patrickrisser *at* gmail *dot* com

Note there isn't a link to my email address. With no link, the spam bots that search the web are less likely to fill my e-mail with their garbage.

Current Medical History and other Background Information about my heart