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BS Podcast: Goal Setting When You live with Mental Illness

Everyone, of every age and from every walk of life, has goals. Sometimes they are life goals (like get married and raise a family), career goals (such as start and run a successful company), or daily goals (as in just getting through the day). People with mental illness have all those, too, but often have specific goals related to their particular mental illness.

In this episode, Gabe and Michelle share some of their personal goals, talk about how those goals have changed over time, and discuss why goals themselves are important – especially for those of us living with mental illness.





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“We have to be willing to have uncomfortable conversations in order to move forward.”
– Michelle Hammer


Highlights From ‘Goals with Mental Illness’ Episode

[:30] Michelle and Gabe designed a shirt! (And you can buy it here!)

[2:00] Discussing the goals we have in our lives, careers, and advocacy.

[7:00] Gabe and Michelle would both love to not be mentally ill.

[14:00] Discussing unreached goals.

[20:00] Acknowledging the goals that got us to this point in our lives.

[22:00] People with mental illness make future plans, too.


Meet Your Bipolar and Schizophrenic Hosts

GABE HOWARD was formally diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2003. Now in recovery, Gabe is a prominent mental health activist and host of the award-winning Psych Central Show podcast. He is also an award-winning writer and speaker, traveling nationally to share the humorous, yet educational, story of his bipolar life. To work with Gabe, visit


MICHELLE HAMMER was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 22, but incorrectly diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18. Michelle is an award-winning mental health advocate who has been featured in press all over the world. In May 2015, Michelle founded the company Schizophrenic.NYC, a mental health clothing line, with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. She is a firm believer that confidence can get you anywhere. To work with Michelle, visit Schizophrenic.NYC.

BS Podcast: Goal Setting When You live with Mental Illness

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Podcast, N. (2018). BS Podcast: Goal Setting When You live with Mental Illness. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2020, from
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Last updated: 23 Sep 2018 (Originally: 24 Sep 2018)
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