Michelle Hammer, the founder of Schizophrenic.NYC was interviewed by Karina Margit Erdelyi at Psycom.net.

Profiles in Mental Health Courage: The Fashion Designer Who Has Schizophrenia

Meet Michelle Hammer. She’s battling the stigma of mental health one design at a time.

To help break the stereotypes and de-stigmatize the condition, Psycom sat down with Michelle Hammer, a leading light in NYC’s creative community, who is living with schizophrenia and using her artistic talent to battle the stigma that is so stubbornly attached to schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.

Hammer founded Schizophrenic.NYC, a clothing line with a mission to spark dialogue about mental health. And she’s been creating dynamic, conversation-starting work ever since. Hammer has been featured in MashableThe Daily MailStylist, and Buzzfeed, to name a few. And Voices, a schizophrenia documentary she was in, was nominated for a Tribeca X Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018.

Before we dig into our conversation, a little background: Hammer was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 22, after a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder at 18. In the spring of 2015, she founded Schizophrenic.NYC.