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About Michelle Hammer

Michelle Hammer is a Schizophrenia Activist and spends her time passionately fighting stigma. She is an NYC native featured in the WebMD documentary Voices, which was nominated for a Tribeca X Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018. Michelle was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 22 after a misdiagnosis of bipolar at age 18. At 27, Michelle decided to use her artistic talents and fearless personality to do something that could benefit the mental health community. In May 2015, she founded a mental health-focused clothing brand. Schizophrenic.NYC is a clothing brand with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. Michelle has also been featured in many publications such as Mashable, The Daily Mail, Stylist, and Buzzfeed.

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Michelle speaks about her first experiences with paranoia and refusing help. When Michelle finally does reach out for help she is first misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. If it weren’t for her great college friends or the lacrosse team acting as a support network she feels she never would have survived college. When Michelle is diagnosed with Schizophrenia at age 22 things get better, because now she is being treated for the right illness. Why did she start Schizophrenic.NYC? Book her to find out!

LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA | WebMD

Michelle shares her story of living with Schizophrenia in the great city of New York in a Documentary by WebMD

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Michelle is the Winner of the 2020 Activist of The Year Award from Students With Psychosis

Michelle’s courageous work to educate professionals, the public, and diagnosed individuals, eliminating stigma/discrimination, advocating for access to treatment and dignity for people living with schizophrenia-related brain illnesses while maintaining her personal recovery journey is powerfully extraordinary and inspiring. 

Students With Psychosis applauds and recognizes Michelle’s exemplary efforts by awarding you their most prestigious recognition.

Schizophrenic.NYC is the Winner of the 2020 .NYC Best of the Boroughs Award

NYC Best of the Boroughs celebrates the local businesses, organizations, and community individuals that make our city, and each borough, a unique place to live.

Judging criteria is based on general public appeal.

The story behind a Submission – History, and story of the individual business or entity as it relates to the greater good of the New York City community.

Value to the local community – How does your business or entity contribute to the borough in which you reside.

The overall experience of the .nyc website – Quality of the .nyc website to include but not be limited to, visual aesthetics, content, functionality, structure, and navigation.

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A BIPOLAR, A SCHIZOPHRENIC, AND A PODCAST

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A BIPOLAR, A SCHIZOPHRENIC, AND A PODCAST is the first podcast by people with mental illness for people with mental illness. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer, each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. New episodes every Monday on your favorite podcast player.

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