With mental health care increasingly mechanized, and families being responsible yet left out, Lisbeth Riis Cooper realized there had to be another way to help the mentally ill, and set about to create it. She runs both a live-in care facility and an international network for family support.

Lisbeth Riis Cooper is the founder of Riis Cooper, founder and chairwoman of the Mother Bear Community Action Network, and author of Mad in America; Jennifer Maurer is Managing Director of Mother Bear.

Produced for WINGS by Kellia Ramares-Watson. Series producer, Frieda Werden.

ON WINGS | March 23, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Mother Bear

With mental health care increasingly mechanized, and families being responsible yet left out, Lisbeth Riis Cooper realized there had to be another way to help the mentally ill, and set about to create it. She runs both a live-in care facility and an international network for family support.

Lisbeth Riis Cooper is the founder of Riis Cooper, founder and chairwoman of the Mother Bear Community Action Network, and author of Mad in America; Jennifer Maurer is Managing Director of Mother Bear.

Produced for WINGS by Kellia Ramares-Watson. Series producer, Frieda Werden.

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  1. I have tonight been told about your wonderful society and Mother Bear. I live in the UK and currently there is nothing no charity or group supporting families who have members diagnosed mentally ill and there is no constructive support in the community. I know of overworked understaffed care workers struggling with the current law and the fact that psychiatrists seem to have sold out to big pharma in their approach to helping those people who find they experience heightened states of reality. I am currently contemplating setting up my own charity and support network. There are a few in the UK but nothing like Mother Bear and the ones we have are really inadequate and not affective to say the least in helping people like me and my son. My son is currently not himself and I feel he is in a heightened state of reality. I too am diagnosed with mental illness and my husband died 8 years ago in a psychiatric hospital. I have lived with this condition all of my life. I lost my brother to suicide the year I met my husband. Any advise whatsoever would be appreciated and I will spend my time working out and planning just how I can set up something similar to Mother Bear here in the UK. Thank you on behalf of all those who suffer from these conditions and who you must have helped in your journey with your daughter and I wish to all the very best. x Anne

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