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Erica Crompton

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Mental health speaker, activist, author and freelance journalist sharing her personal story about her progress of disease

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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.

Erica Crompton is a public speaker and former Editor of Ophthalmology Times Europe. She has a history of paranoid schizophrenia with a current diagnosis of schizoaffective, and lived experience of psychosis. Her debut book written with Professor Stephen Lawrie is out in January 2020 on Hammersmith Health Books, titled ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Sanity, a self-help book for people with psychosis’.

Erica has managed her illness with medication and therapy for almost 2 decades. During those years she spent one week on a psychiatric ward in 2009 after surviving a suicide attempt in a run-down flatshare in Birmingham, UK. 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 New York Times, The Mail on Sunday, The Lancet Psychiatry, The New European, The Independent, Metro Online, Woman magazine, and Chat. In her spare time Erica runs Medfed, a brand for people with severe mental illnesses that promotes mental well-being. She uses bright clothes, inks, collages and bespoke prints to challenge mental health stigma.

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    Mental Health Stigma

    • Writing in The New York Times, Erica notes that she’s been fired more times than she cares to admit and has even more resignation letters to her name. With only 8 per cent of people with schizophrenia in work (including volunteer positions) Erica knows well the stigma to her condition from employers and others and has plenty of colourful anecdotes of experiencing stigma and how, in an ideal world, others can remedy this.

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    Mental Health in the media

    • The first thing Erica thought when she was diagnosed with psychosis is that she was a danger to herself and other people. That’s because of the stereotypes the media portrays of people living with psychosis. Not immune to the myths and stereotypes herself, Erica today works behind the scenes as a ‘mad journalist’ to try to remedy some of the bleak stereotypes of people with severe mental illnesses portrayed in the media.

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    Living with a severe mental illness with CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) – a new form of therapy, which teaches people to be kind to themselves

    • As someone who has benefited from CFT, Erica can pass on the important and life changing techniques she learned in her therapy sessions to benefit others and help them lead happier more rewarding lives. She maintains that if someone like her, diagnosed with schizophrenia, can live a happy life, so too can others.

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    Life after suicide/suicide prevention

    • In 2009 Erica was hospitalised and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after trying to take her own life. She can talk about how she found the strength to dial the emergency services after her suicide attempt and how other people can help those in distress under the most testing circumstances.

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    The arts and mental health

    • Erica has a degree in Fine Art from Staffordshire University and in her spare time runs Medfed an art and Tshirt brand for people with severe mental illness. She can talk about how Medfed challenges bleak stereotypes in the media and also show how many art forms – both as viewer and creator – can be a cathartic release for all people struggling or feeling low.

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Erica was engaging and her personal story a very important one for girls to hear. She had clearly prepared for her audience and the contact beforehand was useful.

Kathy Hewitt

King's High School

Great speaker and kept the talk lively, interesting and real.

Cat Taylor

Off The Record (Bristol)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

"Great speaker and kept the talk lively, interesting and real."

Cat Taylor - Off The Record (Bristol) See all references

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