Just before she turned 16, Marie Asuncion began feeling that things weren’t quite right. She was experiencing paranoia, feeling anxious and hearing voices. Not sure what was happening, she just tried to ignore it. After several weeks of ongoing symptoms, Marie had a full-blown episode of psychosis.
Marie was immediately admitted to hospital and received the treatment and support she needed.
“When it happened, I remember locking my self in my room with my family on the other side of the door trying to get to me,” Marie recalls.
“My family was my biggest support and we learned to live with this illness. I have come a long waysince then and I’m in a good place now.”
Today, Marie is a language teacher, accomplished musician, and mental health advocate.
As an SSO spokesperson, Marie shares her story so that young people are aware of the illness and don’t wait to seek help.If you’re interested in having Marie speak, please contact Michael Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org