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Most individuals with mental illness are like Casey the Comatose Consumer. Casey is not paying attention to the needs of people like himself. He'd like to believe his experiences are just some bad dreams, so he has set about the task of dreaming about other things. He's ignorant about his treatment--he doesn't even know what medications he's on.

Eventually people with mental illness will be more like Craig the Capable Crusader. Craig knows a bright future awaits us, but is not content to let others do the work of getting us there. He's educated about his condition, empowered in his relationships with others, and assertive about letting EVERYBODY know that our needs and views are important. Craig feels enfranchised and part of something positive.