Pat's Papers & Posters
Download Pat's most widely shared papers on recovery or get inspired with her recovery posters.
Recovery, Rehabilitation, and the Conspiracy of Hope
I wrote this paper about my experience of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. This paper has defined the major themes of my life's work.
Prescribing Hope for Recovery
In this short piece, I explore a recovery-oriented approach to prescribing psychiatric medication.
Wild Indians: Native Perspectives on the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians
This piece by Pemina Yellow Bird explores the history of segregated psychiatric care for first nations people.
In Our Own Voices: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems
This piece by Vanessa Jackson explores the history of racially segregated hospitals in the US.
A Job a Paycheck and a Date on a Friday Night
Recovery means something different to everyone.
When we support people in making their own choices, we affirm their dignity. This can be deeply healing.
Courage in Recovery
Courage in recovery means putting one foot in front of the other, even if we are afraid.
Different is OK
There are many ways to be human, and it can be deeply healing to celebrate that.
Flyer of the Kite
I am the flyer of the kite. The kite may dive and hurl about, but I am the flyer of the kite. I remain.
Distress can be hallowed ground upon which we meet God and receive spiritual teachings.
It's easy to get lost in the work we do. We can remain human-hearted while working in human services.
I am a person, not an illness
Those of us diagnosed with mental illness are NOT defined by a diagnosis. We are people.
I am Part of the Solution
Those of us diagnosed with mental illness are not the problem, we are part of the solution.
I Will Live My Life
When diagnosed with a mental illness, it's important that we live our life, not our diagnosis.
Illnesses Do Not Recover
This is an important reminder that illnesses do not recover. People do.
My True Home
Healing means taking the slow journey of discovering our bodies have transformed into a safe place.
No One is a Hopeless Case
No one can walk our path for us, but the good news is there is hope. No one is a hopeless case.
The goal of recovery is to become the unique, never to be repeated individual that we are.
Transformation not Restoration
Recovery is not always about going back to who we used to be. It's a process of transformation.
Recovery is a Pathway
Everyone's path is different. Recovery is a pathway to the life I want for myself.
Stepping Over the Threshold
It takes a strong and courageous person to step over the threshold into recovery. That person is me.
Where Biology Meets Individual Biography
We partner with people where individual biology meets individual biography, that's where the hope is.