Ashley L. Smith

Founder and executive director, Embracing My Mind Inc.

In 2007, Ashley Smith was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 20, however, instead of being a victim to the illness Ashley embraces her struggles and shares them with others to offer awareness. Ashley writes a blog, “Overcoming Schizophrenia,” which shares her life living with mental illness and how she overcomes it. She is also founder and executive director of Embracing My Mind Inc. a nonprofit that offers self-help groups and workshops. Her story was featured on CNN’s Human Factor with Sanjay Gupta, Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery documentary, The SZ Magazine, and the Tavis Smiley [radio] Show among other media. Ashley Smith is a mental health advocate, and serves as board member for NAMI Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) regional planning committee. Ashley resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

December 6, 2017

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