Dee Lahey moved to Burney 12 years ago after working for 15 years as a clerk matron at a police department. She now volunteers at Hill Country Community Clinic in Round Mountain and is an accomplished jewelry maker, working with natural gemstones and sterling silver.
As a young child, her father was known in her community as the “town alcoholic.” Emotional and sexual abuse, in part tied to alcoholism in her family, caused Dee to suffer from severe depression and low self-esteem later in life, which led to a suicide attempt she survived. After her husband of many years passed away, she fell into a dark abyss, struggling to find her voice and the courage to make her own decisions after years living with co-dependent relationships.
Today, Dee travels around Shasta County sharing her story of recovery, discussing how therapy, coping skills and other treatments have helped her live as a whole person and become a contributing community member even if her mental health challenges are never fully cured.
Dee’s presentation can, depending on the audience, highlight the following topics: