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February 5th 2013: Growing Up with a Mother with Schizophrenia

Anika Francis was first exposed to schizophrenia at the age of three when her mother, Sakeenah Francis, was diagnosed with it. Sakeenah lived in and out of mental hospitals. For the past fifteen years, she’s been recovering after hitting rock bottom and choosing to stay on her medicine for her sake and her family’s. They both discuss their careers and work. Anika talks about her book, “Love's All That Makes Sense”, Sakeenah explains the speeches she makes for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, They describe their experiences with

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Anika Francis

Anika Francis is an author and instructional designer/Yoga Therapist and owner of the Atlanta-based company, Edspire, LLC, She was exposed to schizophrenia as a child when her mother developed it.
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Sakeenah Francis

Sakeenah Francis developed schizophrenia over thirty years ago. Like many with schizophrenia, she struggled to cope with her illness and was in and out of mental hospitals. Devastated by her mental illness, she went from homecoming queen to homeless. After walking down the middle of a busy street during a relapse, she hit rock bottom and made a conscious choice to stay on her medicine for her sake and her family’s. She has been in recovery for the past fifteen years. Passionate about raising awareness about mental illness and eliminating stigma, she is a mental health advocate. She served on the board of trustees for the Bridgeway Mental Health Center for two years and is currently serving o
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