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Students & Psychosis: A Panel Discussion

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Keynote Speaker - Emeka Chima

HeadsUp is delighted to welcome Emeka Chima as the keynote speaker for our Students & Psychosis panel discussion! For the past two years, Emeka has served as an Executive Board Secretary for the non-profit Students with Psychosis coordinating with different hubs and communities worldwide next to his fellow students and advocates with the lived psychosis experience. Using his lived experience with schizophrenia Emeka has networked with various audiences through his advocacy work and hopes to serve underrepresented communities to create more fulfilling lives. Watch and share this brief video message from Emeka!

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Emeka lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and has been a six-month Peer Support Specialist in recovery within the first episode psychosis On Track Maryland program significantly improving the lives of adolescents and young adults living with mental health diagnoses. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.  He has contributed as a Keynote speaker for mental health organizations such as the Tennessee Conference, Mental Health America National Conference, and the Schizophrenia International Research Society in Florence, Italy.

Our Partners

We want to thank our partners for uplifting this event and for their work in supporting the mental health of students.

Meet the Panelists

Emeka Chima

Students with Psychosis Representative

Christian Kohler, MD

Co-Director, HeadsUp

Monica Calkins, PhD

Co-Director, HeadsUp

Christine Michaels, MSHSA

Chief Executive Officer, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania

Tushita Mayanil, MD

Child Psychiatrist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, NCC, CPSS, CPRP

Senior Manager of Recovery and Resiliency, Wesley Family Services

Bailey Higgins

Case Manager, East Stroudsburg University

Jaimi Laurie

Administrative Supervisor for the On My Way Program at Child and Family Focus

Crystal Vatza, MS

Education and Tele-Health Manager, HeadsUp

Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators!

This training was made possible through a Community Mental Health Services Block Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant Award Number: SM063411-01. © 2021 HeadsUp. All Rights Reserved.