Edith Scheie is a Staten Island native, whose parents were from Norway. She has 4 siblings, an older sister and three older brothers, who have contributed to the development of her sense of humor, as well as her resilience. She received a public-school education and attended Wagner College and Queens College, City University of New York. She studied music from the age of 7 to the age of 20, starting in the children’s church choir. She played Carnegie Hall, as well as other venues around the tri-state area. She has been doing volunteer work for various non-profit organizations since 1983, most recently with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Staten Island affiliate. With the support of NAMI NYC Staten Island, she started the first support group on Staten Island for people with psychiatric diagnoses. Since 2007, she has been doing In Our Own Voice presentations and speaking to members of the community about mental health issues. Her interests in addition to mental health, include journal writing, reading, embroidery, and music.