Schizophrenia Mental Health Advocate and Speaker2022-12-01T03:29:05+00:00


Schizophrenia Mental Health Advocate and Speaker

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.


Why did I believe everyone who was trying to help me was actually trying to hurt me?

What happened to make me gain the insight to finally realize I had a mental illness at 18?

Why was finding out I had schizophrenia at 22 the best thing that ever happened to me?

How is life for a person with schizophrenia?

Why did I found Schizophrenic.NYC?


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

Schizophrenia Mental Health Advocate and Speaker

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.

Schizophrenia Mental Health Advocate and Speaker

A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast
 was the first podcast by people with mental illness for people with mental illness. Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Its original run ended in 2019 after garnering massive praise in the mental health community and boasting tens of thousands of listeners. Now back for a limited run of 10 episodes with the first episode launching on January 4th, 2022. Episodes weekly through the end of the season.

Hosted by Michelle Hammer and Gabe Howard

Balancing Support and Boundaries: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in Friendship

Balancing Support and Boundaries: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in Friendship from A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the challenges Michelle faces with her friend who [...]

Navigating Gifts, Criticism, and Friendship While Managing Mental Illness

Navigating Gifts, Criticism, and Friendship While Managing Mental Illness from A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast Today, Gabe and Michelle share their insecurities and lament that they do not feel more successful. [...]

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.

Best of Queens Winner

Schizophrenia And The City

Schizophrenia And The City
is a podcast and video series hosted by New Yorker Michelle Hammer spilling the tea about her lived experience with schizophrenia and life in NYC. Topics cover a range of everyday New York City life from dating to social entrepreneurship but from the lens of a person living with schizophrenia.


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