Quote of the day

Through the disciplined precision of our efforts, we’ll come again and again to our edge—the difficult places beyond which we’ve previously been unable to move. Through the willingness to soften and surrender to what is, we learn that we can gradually move beyond that edge. It is only through this interplay of hard and soft,... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Concerns for Obama – by Pat Risser

Mental Health Concerns for Obama by Pat Risser Email: parisser@att.net 1.  Mental Health, NOT Mental Illness The current system of care is a "mental illness" system, not one designed to create "mental health."  The topic seldom arises of what "mental health" might look like.  In the United States, we are more concerned with trying to... Continue Reading →

Doctors Worry About Kids’ Use of Antipsychotic Drugs

From the Washington Post a couple of days ago: Doctor's "worry"---ha! better late than never I guess...then again there is no sign they are looking for any alternatives besides OTHER drugs which will undoubtedly do some other horrendous thing. We need to get to the root of things. Not mask and cover symptoms which is... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day

Live to be in the present. Safety, security, knowing and being right are all synonyms for death. –Cheri Huber

Will Hall’s updated recovery story

I posted Will Hall's story a couple years ago and at that point it was already at least a couple of years old. He updated his story six months ago and asked that I publish the newer version here as well. So here it is. Since I was a child I've struggled with extreme emotions,... Continue Reading →


This was at first a comment which I have greatly embellished that I left for Susan at Wellness Writer on a post she wrote in response to one I had written. Susan, I'm sorry this brought up so much pain for you, but I'm glad you were able to write about it. Today I am... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day – on healing

Healing does not mean curing, although the two words are often used interchangeably, While it may not be possible for us to cure ourselves or to find someone who can, it is always possible for us to heal ourselves. Healing implies the possibility for us to relate differently to illness, disability, even death, as we... Continue Reading →

A child is murdered — psychotropic drugs used instead of care part of the dark story

Here we see Fred Grimm call a spade a spade in the Miami Herald: Calling the death of Gabriel Myers a ''suicide'' lets his killers off the hook. The 7-year-old was propelled by a vast conspiracy of abuse and neglect and malpractice. The boy only finished the job on April 15, when he locked himself... Continue Reading →

Pat Risser’s recovery story

In memory... Pat Risser has extensive experience as a trainer, facilitator, presenter, author and consultant. He has been a human rights activist and mental health advocate for over twenty-five years. His lived experience includes working as an Intensive Case Manager, work as a therapist on a locked, acute inpatient unit, over ten years as a "mental patient," developing self-help groups, building and directing a statewide consumer network and directing a patients' rights/advocacy/self-help program. His special expertise is training on trauma issues, recovery, self-determination and on employing consumers as part of the mental health workforce.

Spring is here!

This is our first spring in this house with this lovely yard we have. These are all photos that I took in about the 5 minutes I could remain standing outside my house. (at least I am up today!! it's been a string of days of being totally bedridden)

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