22 Jun Pat Risser Tribute
Recovery Is Beautiful would like to send our sincerest condolences to those who knew Pat Risser, a founding member of the Recovery Is Beautiful Advisory Committee, who passed away last week.
Have you ever met someone and immediately thought, “this person is making a difference”? That’s what happened when individuals met Pat. He wasn’t just an advocate for the mental health community, he was a champion in showing others how to use their lived experience to promote change moving forward. He leaves a legacy of his advocacy and activism for human rights and social justice.
During his time, Pat served on several committees at the local, state, and national level. Some of his affiliations included: The Alternatives Conference Planning Committees, the Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues (an advisory committee to the federal government), the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (Board Member and past President), the National Association of Case Management (board member), and as a peer reviewer for the organization of Federal Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness. He was recognized numerous times for the volume, quality and integrity of his work, receiving the National Association of Case Management XCEL Award as Consumer Case Manager of the Year in 2000, the National Mental Health Association Clifford Beers Award in 2005, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration “Voice” Award in 2011, among others.
The photo below is of Pat during the 2016 Recovery Conference that just took place at the beginning of this month. Recovery Is Beautiful was honored to have Pat speak and share with attendees his unique and powerful story. I will finish with Pat’s own words:
“There will never be enough time for love. There’s not enough to tell you how I feel, how much I love you all and how much I appreciate all the love you’ve shown me.”