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As a spokesperson on mental health issues and schizophrenia keynote speaker Erica Crompton is able to entice audiences with her personal story. She has dealt with her own illness for over a decade, but still manages to maintain a job as a freelance journalist. Her story is unique and can inspire audiences at your next event.
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Erica Crompton is a freelance journalist, public speaker and former Editor of Ophthalmology Times Europe. She has a history of paranoid schizophrenia with a current diagnosis of schizoaffective, with lived experience of psychosis.
She’s managed her illness with medication and therapy for over 10 years. During those years she spent one week on a psychiatric ward.
While experiencing psychosis, Erica has held long-term and full-time staff positions at The Daily Telegraph, John Lewis’ head office, the Mail Online and as a radio scriptwriter at UTV.
As a freelance journalist, Erica has written about her experiences of mental illness for the Mail on Sunday, Lancet Psychiatry, Independent, Metro Online, Woman magazine, and Chat.
Additionally she has made guest appearances on BBC Radio Stoke, Voice of Russia radio and spoken at a Time to Change event alongside celebrities Alastair Campbell, Denise Welsh and Fiona Phillips.
In her spare time Erica runs Medfed, a fashion label for people with psychosis that promotes mental well-being. She uses bright clothes and bespoke prints to challenge mental health stigma. She also took her label to Time to Change’s ‘Open Up’ conference in 2009.
An avid travel and fashion writer she has contributed articles to the Guardian, Metro, Vogue.co.uk, GQ India, Vice and Mirror.co.uk.
Erica holds a journalism degree from the London College of Communication. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent with her long term partner.
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