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Ep 11: Listener Feedback: Criticism on our Mental Illness Advocacy

“Haters gonna hate” and “don’t feed the trolls” are common phrases anyone who has an internet following has heard – or said – a dozen times. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Gabe (bipolar) and Michelle (schizophrenia) decide to discuss some of their “favorite” less-than-positive feedback.

They discuss how the comments made them feel, what they learned from them, and what they honestly think of the people who wrote them. Suffice to say that mental health advocacy isn’t for the weak.

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“You can send me the nastiest emails, I still know I’m fabulous.”
– Michelle Hammer

Highlights From ‘Mental Illness Advocacy’ Episode

[0:20] Gabe and Michelle talk about negative feedback they receive about their mental health advocacy.

[2:25] Gabe reads a negative email that Michelle received about her brand and advocacy.

[8:20] Michelle reads an email Gabe received about her stating that her diagnosis is incorrect.

[11:58] Gabe reads a comment Michelle received on her WebMD Video saying she is faking schizophrenia.

[16:35] Michelle reads an extremely angry email that was sent to Gabe about his views on a piece of mental health legislation.

[22:45] Michelle and Gabe each read a negative email about the podcast.

[28:00] Gabe’s tells the story of scary “gift” he received at his home.

A bipolar, A schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Meet The Hosts of #BSPodcast

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.



Ep 11: Listener Feedback: Criticism on our Mental Illness Advocacy

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Podcast, N. (2018). Ep 11: Listener Feedback: Criticism on our Mental Illness Advocacy. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2020, from
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Last updated: 18 Jun 2018 (Originally: 28 May 2018)
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