My Name is Advocate


My name is Pat Lawrence and for the past twenty years since my 18 year-old daughter became mentally ill my focus has been to help all of the innocent vulnerable people with a mental illness. I am past-president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts and co-founder of the New England Personality Disorder Association which supports parents and children with borderline personality disorder.  In 1996, I wrote the Massachusetts Mental Health Insurance Parity Bill for biologically-based brain disorders sponsored by Senator Fred Berry and Representative Byron Rushing and written into law on 5/2/2000 by Governor Paul Cellucci giving insurance equality to the mentally ill.  One piece of legislation equaled one giant step to end stigma.

I have educated over 8,000 police officers, police recruits, fire fighters and EMT’s into the signs and symptoms of all faces of mental illness, and for the past three years I have been invited to the MA prisons by the Department of Corrections to speak to the prison guards in their suicide intervention training.
And to all I teach compassion.
This year I brought Dan E. Weisburd, Oscar nominee and Executive Producer-Director across the country to present his video-based learning system entitled ANOTHER KIND OF VALOR to 150 Massachusetts caretakers of PTSD veterans to learn and interchange ideas on how to better help the young men and women who have risked their lives and fought for us in Iran and Afghanistan.
You must know by now that I cannot stop; these people deserve a life worth living.

I have earned my name, and my name is advocate.           
-Pat Lawrence

Accomplishments & Recognition

  • Author, MA Mental Health Insurance Parity Bill for Biologically-Based Brain Disorders | 2000
  • Northeast Area Board of DMH | 1995-1997
  • Lynn site Area Board of DMH | 1995-1997
  • Member of the Year -Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Massachusetts 1995
  • Northeast Family Inst.-Advocate, Marie Balter (Chair) | 1995 Citizens Recognition
  • Award -Eileen Elias, Commissioner, DMH of Massachusetts | 1995
  • Citizen of the Year Greater Lynn Mental Health, Lynn, MA | 1994
  • Citizen of the Year AtlantiCare Hospital, Lynn, MA | 1993
  • Citizen of the Year DMH Massachusetts | 1993
  • Designed / placed 25 Billboards Across MA Stating “Mental Illness is a Physical Illness”

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