MONTH. AND ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION — SCHIZOPHRENIA AFFECTS 20 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. TONIGHT — KSNT NEWS MORNING ANCHOR BRITTANY MOORE INTRODUCES US TO A TOPEKA MAN WHO HAS OVERCOME MANY CHALLENGES AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE MENTAL DISORDER. ### BRIAN THOMPSON FROM TOPEKA SPENT THE FIRST PART OF HIS LIFE LIVING NORMALLY. BUT THEN GRADUALLY HIS REALITY STARTED TO CHANGE. Brian: when I look back I can see an onset around the age of 15 years old. I began to have profound thoughts. THOSE THOUGHTS CONTINUED TO DEVELOP FOR YEARS — AND THEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA WHEN HE WAS 20. Brian: Then I heard a voice that said Brian they can hear your thoughts. For the next five months I would hear voices saying, ‘I want to kill you. I am going to harm you. I want to hurt you.’ I went to the hospital probably five times in a year. It was pretty rough. I became homeless. I became desperate and hopeless. BRIAN FINALLY TURNED TO VALEO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR HELP — AFTER COMING TO A HARD REALIZATION. Brian: To accept Valeo, to accept recovery, I had to accept the fact that I could be completely crazy in every way. VALEO HELPED BRIAN GET ON MEDICATION AND GET THERAPY. Brian: I was not cured. I had to go through recovery. I had to recover my life. Since I lost everything, I had to recover everything. I became stable at the age of 23 and at the age of 25 I had brought myself to the point that I was ready for employment. BRIAN HAS WORKED FOR VALEO FOR 12 YEARS AS A PEER SUPPORT WORKER. Brian: I know, I know. I know it’s real. I know what it’s like. Over the years I have worked in many programs and I hope I helped a few along the way. COMING FULL CIRCLE — AND NOW LEADING AND HELPING OTHERS BY EXAMPLE. BRITTANY MOORE — KSNT NEWS.