As mental health advocates, we find it important to not filter the schizophrenia experience. It is okay to struggle out in the open. Having a panic attack is nothing to be ashamed about. You do not have to hide aspects of yourself to feel accepted.

In this week’s episode, Michelle Hammer from Schizophrenic.NYC and Cecilia McGough from Students With Psychosis show a vulnerable moment of a panic attack that happened during filming.

Schizophrenia And The City Hosts

Schizophrenia And The City is a podcast and video series hosted by two New York City women.

michelle hammer

Michelle Hammer is a Schizophrenia Activist and spends her time passionately fighting stigma.  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.

 

IMG 2EF8E7F7AC90 1Cecilia McGough is a New York City-based mental health activist, writer, media consultant, and radio astronomer. Cecilia also happens to have schizophrenia but does not let her diagnosis define her. Cecilia is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Students With Psychosis and content creator for the I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia project. As a TEDx speaker and Special Books By Special Kids interviewee, Cecilia’s videos have been viewed over 20 million times over multiple platforms across the globe and featured in Forbes, Glamour UK, Barcroft TV, and CBS This Morning national news.