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Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 51, Number 3 (Summer 2005)

Christy, Nancy
Portraits of strength,   pp. 12-21


Page 20

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Darren Clay, lead outreach worker for crisis stabilization, Dane County Mental
Health 
A couple of years ago I was at Yahara House, a clubhouse and support system
for people with mental illnesses, for an annual 
celebration. Each year they give an employment award in my name. I am always
honored and always afraid of public speaking. So I 
was sitting on the podium with Darren, who was also getting ready to talk.
And then he got up and spoke about his recovery. He 
recalled hearing voices and knowing he needed help, but he had been taught,
"Never ask for help and never trust a white man." I was 
and still am blown away by his honesty and bravery. In my mind, he was the
one who should have been getting the award. "Each 
person should have as much control over their life as possible," he
says. "Preserving one's dignity is always important. I believe that
we 
must become an active partner in our own treatment. Having a positive partnership
with your employer makes a difference." 
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