Denise Baynham

Denise Baynham, left, has struggled with schizophrenia for most of her adult life; she hears voices that tell her to harm or kill herself. She is assistant director of Side, Inc., a peer-run organization that serves Wyandotte County, Kansas, residents with severe and persistent mental illness. Baynham and Side, Inc., director Cherie Bledsoe talk as they wrap up their day.

( Jill Toyoshiba, Kansas City Star/MCT )

Denise Baynham, left, has struggled with schizophrenia for most of her adult life; she hears voices that tell her to harm or kill herself. She is assistant director of Side, Inc., a peer-run organization that serves Wyandotte County, Kansas, residents with severe and persistent mental illness. Baynham and Side, Inc., director Cherie Bledsoe talk as they wrap up their day.

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