Freelance Journalist and Activist
As a spokesperson on mental health issues and schizophrenia Erica Camus is able to entice audiences with her personal story. Through tens years she has dealt with her own illness but has still managed to maintain a job as a freelance journalist. Her story is unique and can inspire audiences at your next event.
Erica Camus is a freelance journalist, activist and public speaker with a history of paranoid schizophrenia. She has ten years experience of managing her illness with medication and therapy. During those years she spent one week in a secure psychiatric ward and only 12 months unemployed.
While experiencing psychosis, Erica has held long-term and full-time staff positions at the Daily Telegraph, John Lewis head office and on the radio at UTV. She is also an avid travel and fashion writer and has contributed with written articles to the Guardian, Metro, Vogue.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk and GQ India.
Erica holds a journalism degree from the London College of Communication and currently works around her studies as a moderator for the MailOnline, the biggest newspaper website in the world.
As part of her mental health campaigning, Erica has written about her experiences for the Mail on Sunday, Independent, Open Mind, Woman magazine, and the Rethink Mental Illness blog. She has also appeared as a case study for The Daily Mirror and as the cover story for Glamour magazine. Last year she contributed to Rethink Mental Illness Schizophrenia Awareness Week report.
Additionally she has made guest appearances on BBC Radio Stoke, Voice of Russia radio and as a media volunteer at a Time to Change event alongside Alastair Campbell, Denise Welsh and Fiona Phillips.
In 2008 Erica created Medfed, a fashion label for people with psychosis. This has been featured in the Stafford Post, Independent, and Vice magazine. She also took her label to Time to Changes Open Up conference in 2009.
Currently Erica Camus lives in Stoke-on- Trent with her partner.