Christine Marie Frey
Christine Frey is a 17 year old teenager experiencing signs of depression & psychosis at age 12. Her journey through self-harm, visual & auditory hallucinations, running away, hospitalization, and the forced removal from school due to the fear & stigma surrounding mental illness led her to isolation and loneliness. The absence of any material written by other teens prompted her to author & publish the book “Brain XP: Living with Mental Illness, A Young Teenager’s Perspective” and record the corresponding musical soundtrack. Christine then created the Brain XP Project with the goal to provide HOPE to other youth battling mental challenges and everyday teenage struggles, letting them know that they are not alone, they are not crazy, but rather their minds are special – they can think in ways other cannot…many of those differences resulting in greater creativity, empathy and insight!! Their BRAINS are EXPANDED – they are BRAIN XP!
Christine shares her lived experience on the Children, Youth & Family Behavioral Health System of Care Council and the Transitional Age Youth San Diego County Boards. Christine volunteers with the National Alliance of Mental Ilness, San Diego along with county subcommittees. Christine showcases “Brain XP’s System of H.O.P.E. – Changing the Language of Mental Health” live presentation to youth, parents, & professionals working with youth. Christine reaches out directly to youth through “Christine’s Frequency” Blog & Vlog social media accounts to specifically address challenges teenagers struggle with at school & home.