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'They Are Us,' Part 7: Work

A painting against a dark backdrop of an extended wing leading back toward a person.
Painter: Alexis Kyriak, courtesy
"Unfettered Wings," a painting by Alexis Kyriak. In this final installment of "They Are Us," we hear from Alexis - who was diagnosed with schizophrenia - about the role work plays in her recovery.

Both Alexis and Steve were diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is the story about how meaningful, paid work plays a role in their recovery.

Listen to the full episode above. Have feedback or a story to share? You can leave a comment on our main series page.


  • Paul Miller, co-coordinator of the Green Mountain Workforce, Washington County Mental Health Services
  • Louis Josephson, president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat (a VPR underwriter)
  • Steve, culinary worker (note: we are only using Steve's first name)
  • Alexis Kyriak, artist

Thanks to:

  • Jane Devereux of Green Mountain Workforce at Washington County Mental Health Services


Aired Saturday, Nov. 17 around 8:15 a.m.

Music for the series used with permission by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Esmerine.

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