Seen & Heard On


Motivational Speaker

Engaging the audience with real life experiences.


National Spokesperson

Working towards mental health reform across the nation.


Public Servant

Giving CIT training to our law enforcement.


Dr. James W. Hayes

National NAMI Board Member & President of the NAMI South Carolina Board

“Paton is an engaging speaker and has a wealth of life experiences and relates to diverse audiences. He is very comfortable answering questions and conducting dialogue with audiences. His areas of specialization are mental health and law enforcement but he would be a great motivational speaker for a variety of audiences.”

Joe Nullet

Executive Director / Supervised Visitation Network

"Paton Blough was one of the highest reviewed presenters at our 2015 SVN Annual Conference. Our attendees praised his candid, honest portrayal of his personal struggles with mental illness and how he is fighting for systematic changes to help others with similar issues."

Kevin Morison

Director of Program Management / Police Executive Research Forum

"I wanted to thank you for another 5-star performance today. Knocked it out of the park again. You are so passionate, so authentic and so on target with your message!"

Chuck Wexler

"You really make everything you are associated with significantly better. Your passion and authenticity are infectious. And you are so easy to work with- so thank you as alway for being part of the PERF team! You're the best!"

Fred Riddle

South Carolina Director of CIT Training

“Paton Blough has been one of the most effective speakers and role players I have come across in my 10 years as the South Carolina Director of Crisis Intervention Training. His involvement in this program has been very valuable and the officers always love him.”

Jennifer Wooldridge

Illinois CIT Coordinator for Police Training Board

"Your story, inspiration and passion set the tone for the conference and left all those in attendance wanting more! Thank you for being a part of this special event! The partnerships we've made can move mountains ~ and I'm looking forward to being a part of it! We'll definitely be keeping in touch!"

Joanne Kurt-Hilditch

Manager of Research & Development and Senior Editor / Law Enforcement Executive Forum

"After speaking with Paton on the phone prior to the conference, I knew his heart and soul were in the place we needed him to be. We discussed him being a consumer and a contributor to the betterment of life for many people - individuals with mental illness and the law enforcement officers who may encounter them. His dedication to the CIT concepts and the ability to make change in one's life are evident in everything he speaks about, including the spirit and energy of his presentations and the commitment he carries with him."