Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Schizophrenic NYC: Define Normal, Defy Stigma and Homelessness (ep 59)

Episode Description

Guest: Michelle Hammer

Michelle Hammer is a Schizophrenia Activist and spends her time passionately fighting stigma. 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.  She founded Schizophrenic.NYC –  a clothing brand with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health.

We Ask

What did Schizophrenia feel like for you? What is your story?

How are you now, and what treatment works for you?

NYC Mayor Adam’s homeless initiative – thoughts?

What are your thoughts about involuntary hospitalization?

How important is coordinating discharge planning once a person is in the hospital?

Do you think it is wise to have cops make determinations of mental fitness?

The connection between homelessness and mental illness.


“These New Yorkers and hundreds of others like them are in urgent need of treatment, yet often refuse it when offered,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference, noting that the pervasive problem of mental illness has long been out in the open. “No more walking by or looking away,” the mayor said, calling it “a moral obligation to act.”

Mindy and her book:

Randye and her book:

Miriam and her book:



Randye Kaye – was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices, Happier Made Simple)

Miriam Feldman –  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, He Came in With It chronicles her family’s story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.

Mindy Greiling – Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation’s first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota’s mental health funding Her acclaimed memoir is Fix What You Can.