Emeka Chima | CureTalks
Emeka Chima is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Global Campus, and he will attain his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management after graduating this upcoming Summer of 2022. He currently lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since January 2021, Emeka has served on the Executive Board as Secretary for the non-profit organization, Students with Psychosis. With his fellow advocates, he has spoken at a Keynote for the Schizophrenia International Research Society in Florence, Italy this past April of 2022. As an individual who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and mild depression at the age of 15, Emeka has experienced the comorbidity of living with two chronic illnesses. Even since he has received professional help from both inpatient and outpatient programs at mental health institutions such as Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt for medical and psychiatric treatment, Emeka saw a positive improvement in symptoms. Emeka's story has been featured in an article titled “The Road to Recovery” for CURESZ Foundation Newsletter. He has also presented on virtual panels for both Mental Health America Conference and the Tennessee Conference in 2021 and will continue his advocacy work with MHA National Conference in D.C. in June 2022. Emeka’s main aspiration is to shed light on the roles of different intersections within the psychosis and neurodivergent communities.
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