Gabe Howard is a professional speaker, writer, and activist living with severe bipolar and anxiety disorders. Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on mental illness. Society often sees people living with mental illness at their worst and he works to add a more balanced view.
Gabe Howard is the recipient of the 2014 Norman Guitry Award, given by Mental Health America to the person who shows exceptional leadership in promoting mental illness awareness and prevention in the community.
He was a 2014 Mental Health Hero, designated by PsychCentral.com. He has received a Best of the Web – Blog award, and also placed second in HealthCentral’s LiveBold competition, a national contest awarding the top three people who “live bold” in spite of any health challenge.
Hi, I’m Michelle Hammer. I am a NYC native with Schizophrenia. Growing up with a mental illness is hard. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 18. At age 18, I was told I had Bipolar Disorder, and then I was correctly diagnosed with Schizophrenia at 22. Those 4 years were quite a ride. I believe that Lacrosse is the only way I got through college. At 27, I decided I wanted to use my artistic talents, and fearless personality, to do something that could benefit the mental health community.
In May 2015, I founded the company Schizophrenic.NYC, which is a clothing line with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. If 1 in 5 New Yorkers, has a mental health issue why is there so much stigma? This is why I find conversations about mental health to be so important. Also, Schizophrenic.NYC takes a portion of the profits and donates to organizations in NYC that help out with the mentally ill population of NYC.