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GALA | PROTEST FASHION SHOW | MUSICAL PERFORMANCE | SPEAKERS | SILENT DISCO

3.6.2020 | 6PM-9PM | NEW YORK, NEW YORK

470 7 AVENUE, FLOOR 4, NEW YORK, NY 10018

BUSINESS CASUAL WITH ROOM FOR SELF-EXPRESSION. NO JEANS.

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GUEST SPEAKERS

Florida, United States

Carlos A. Larrauri MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Miami-Dade County. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at 23 years of age, access to affordable health care, community based treatments, and early intervention afforded him the best opportunity for recovery . . . READ MORE

New York, United States

Michelle Hammer is a schizophrenia activist in New York City, SWS Creative Director, and founder of the company Schizophrenic.NYC, which is a clothingline with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. Michelle recently went to The Netherlands to do a TedxTalk at JNJNetherlands . . . READ MORE

Alberta, Canada

Lauren Kenedy and Rob Lim are boh SWS Advocacy Board Members. Lauren Kennedy lives with the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. She has been a mental health advocate since a young age, and offers the unique perspective of having experience as a mental health professional and mental health researcher living in Canada. With her fiance Rob Lim, they are the content creators for the popular YouTube channel Living Well With Schizophrenia . . . READ MORE

Virginia, United States

Jason Jepson is a writer and mental health advocate. Jason’s “first person accounts” have been published numerous times in the Schizophrenia Bulletin. Jason is an Army veteran, a baseball lover, and favorite uncle to two nephews and a niece. Maye Jepson is the caregiver of her son who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. She will not rest until mental health is treated equally with physical health. Maye has a Masters in Counseling from Marshall University. She’s taught hundreds of women to write their personal stories as a legacy to their families and friends . . . READ MORE

New York, United States

Cecilia McGough is a mental health advocate, activist, writer, media consultant, and radio astronomer. Cecilia also happens to have schizophrenia but does not let it define her. Cecilia is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Students With Schizophrenia . . . READ MORE

New York, United States

Alejandro Fernandez is a mental health advocate, writer, and SWS Executive Board Member who was indirectly affected by schizophrenia; his older brother has schizophrenia. Alejandro decided to become an ally and supporter of those with psychosis after many trials and tribulations his brother and he went through . . . READ MORE

Indianapolis, United States

Nathan Shuherk graduated from Taylor University in 2015. During college, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia which led him to start a Student’s with Disabilities club. He studied history and philosophy and was part of a national championship ethics bowl team . . . READ MORE

New Jersey, United States

Kira Cartwright holds a Ph.D in philosophy and an undergraduate degree in cognitive science. After working as a research assistant in neurology at a stroke rehabilitation center, she taught philosophy and logic during her doctoral work at Boston University . . . READ MORE

New York, United States

Ari Kadosh is an artist, writer and advocate from brooklyn, NY. They were on the opening team of Fountain House and Body and serves on the steering committee for Fountain House Gallery.

New York, United States

Parlaying a cancer diagnosis into an advocacy powerhouse, AnnMarie gives voice to people impacted by breast cancer, MS, and mental health issues. Since establishing the non-profit Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer organization in 2012, AnnMarie has worked tirelessly to engage the community through awareness programs and fundraising initiatives, and to ensure that everyone who suffers is heard. She currently is the founder of the What Would You Miss?  . . . READ MORE

New York, United States

“I am drawn to Rivky by her raw talent. What I love about her as an artist is the strength in her vulnerability- absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to hear more from her!” -Grammy winning, Amy Lee, Evanescence . . . READ MORE

A Song by Rivky Grossman, who will be performing at Rethink.

EVENT SCHEDULE

5:45PM-6:00PM | DOORS OPEN

  • Registration
  • Art Show

6:00PM-7:00PM | OPENING EVENTS

  • Opening Remarks, Carlos Larrauri
  • Protest Fashion Show
    • Designer: Schizophrenic.NYC
    • Speakers: Nathan Shuherk,  Kira Cartwright,  Annmarie Otis
    • Musical Performances: Rivky Grossman

7:00PM-8:00PM | TALKS

  • Schizophrenic.NYC, Michelle Hammer
  • Living Well With Schizophrenia, Lauren Kennedy & Rob Lim
  • A Son and Mother’s Journey, Jason Jepson & Maye Jepson
  • I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia, Cecilia McGough

8:00PM-9:00PM | AFTER PARTY

  • Award Ceremony
  • Closing Remarks, Alejandro Fernandez
  • Art Show
  • Silent Disco | Creative Lounge | Expo

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

PROTEST FASHION SHOW | Schizophrenic.NYC

OUR PROTEST FASHION SHOW MIXES FASHION AND ACTIVISM VOICING HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS PREVALENT TO THE PSYCHOSIS COMMUNITY. THE MODELS WILL BE WEARING SCHIZOPHRENIC.NYC GEAR AND HOLDING PROTEST SIGNS IN COLLABORATION WITH I’M MENTALLY ILL AND I DON’T KILL.

SILENT DISCO

A SILENT DISCO IS WHERE THERE IS NO MUSIC BEING PLAYED OUT LOUD, AND, INSTEAD, EVERYONE IS DANCING TO THE MUSIC IN THEIR OWN HEADSETS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE AUDITORY HALLUCINATIONS OFTEN USE MUSIC TO NOT ONLY HELP DROWN OUT THE HALLUCINATIONS BUT ALSO TO REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING POSITIVE. EACH MUSIC CHANNEL ON THE HEADSETS WILL BE COMPILED BY A PERSON LIVING WITH PSYCHOSIS AND MUSIC WHICH HELPS THEM COPE WITH AUDITORY HALLUCINATIONS.