Michelle Hammer is the founder of Schizophrenic.NYC, a clothing line that fights the stigma surrounding schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Amber was young and successful, but she began a steady decline. At first, she showed symptoms of depression, which would quickly spin out of control, and into psychosis. Today, recovered for over eleven years, she works assisting special needs children.
Overcoming schizophrenia: Ravi Sarin. Ravi Sarin is 48 years old. Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 16, he has enjoyed 26 years of thriving life. Today, as a member of an ACT team, he helps people with mental illness find the treatment they need to rebuild their lives. Ravi enjoyed a good … Continue reading Ravi Sarin
Carlos A. Larrauri M.S.N., A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C. serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 23 years of age. Mr. Larrauri aspires to interface clinical practice, health policy and research, to reduce health inequities for people living with mental illness.
The future looked bright for Bill, already living his dream. Five years later, Bill was living a nightmare, pacing a psychiatric ward, trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia and depression. Today, he is known as a "schizophrenia recovery expert."
William suffered a severe paranoid psychotic break from reality at nineteen years of age. Fighting the odds, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and went on to complete his Master's of Library Science degree from Queens College in 1999.
Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs (1999) and a master’s degree in City Planning (2002). Currently, she is employed by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. She finds fulfillment in her work helping others.
Brandon Staglin is director of marketing and communications for Staglin Family Vineyard, and serves on the Board of Directors of One Mind.
Confused, delusional and psychotic, Susan dropped out of her graduate program. Delusional, she once believed she had embarked on a quest to save the United States from a terrible holocaust, perpetrated by an evil dictator. Today, recovered for many years, she lives an ordinary life.
Ashley Smith, author, peer counselor, and mother lives a quality life with schizophrenia.