Edith Scheie is a Staten Island native, whose parents were from Norway. She has 4 siblings, an older sister and three older brothers, who have contributed to the development of her sense of humor, as well as her resilience. She received a public-school education and attended Wagner College and Queens College, City University of New York. She studied music from the age of 7 to the age of 20, starting in the children’s church choir. She played Carnegie Hall, as well as other venues around the tri-state area. She has been doing volunteer work for various non-profit organizations since 1983, most recently with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Staten Island affiliate. With the support of NAMI NYC Staten Island, she started the first support group on Staten Island for people with psychiatric diagnoses. Since 2007, she has been doing In Our Own Voice presentations and speaking to members of the community about mental health issues. Her interests in addition to mental health, include journal writing, reading, embroidery, and music.
This episode features Justin, who shares his personal experiences with hospitalizations and the road to recovery while living with bipolar disorder and severe social anxiety. An experienced digital content creator, Justin makes the case for finding what works and pursuing it with tenacity.
This episode features Anna, who shares her experience living with an eating disorder and also speaks about barriers to treatment and misconceptions that people have about eating disorders. A full recovery from an eating disorder is possible, and everybody’s story is different. This is Anna’s story.
Episode 6 of the NPO Media Podcast features Dominic Ruotolo, who shares his journey from tenuous teenage years to the present. Dominic works as a Bridger for Baltic Street, AEH, Inc., a peer-run not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with mental illness.
A certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor, Dominic draws on his personal and professional experience to empower others as they transition out of the hospital and work on their recovery. Through his relentless advocacy, Dominic has helped many to achieve their goals of independent, meaningful lives.
Episode 5 of the NPO Media Podcast features Greg Hitchcock, a journalist, filmmaker and advocate who was diagnosed with schizophrenia while serving in the military. Sharing personal experiences, Greg takes us from the earliest days of his illness through his ongoing recovery journey. Greg’s work can be found online at www.greghitchcockonline.net.
Thank you to the dedicated folks at NAMI-NYS for helping us spread the word about the podcast. Because of you we are able to share Greg’s inspiring story with others.
Episode 4 features James J Lewis of mid-Hudson Valley, NY. James called in via Skype to share his story of living with bipolar disorder. He is a community advocate and a member of NAMI. He shares his insights with other young people to provide a message of empathy and hope.