Guest Speaker Tuesdays.

Weekly guest speaker events are open for Students With Psychosis members with either a student leader/advocate membership or a parent/family membership. Dependent on the Guest Speaker’s availability, guest speaker events are held weekly from 8 PM – 9 PM EST). Guest speaker events are on the Google Meets platform for live caption accessibility needs. ‪Live caption auto-generated translations are available in English, German, French, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico). Unless otherwise specified, meetings and events are facilitated in English.

Kody Green

10/30/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

Kody Green (He/Him) @schizophrenichippie is diagnosed with Undifferentiated Schizophrenia. Kody is also the Founder of a non-profit, a motivational speaker and content creator with over 1 million followers on Tiktok. He has struggled in the past with drug addiction, incarceration, and serious mental health issues. In order to be a better advocate and speaker, Kody has been trained as a peer support specialist, recovery coach and suicide prevention specialist. Now, Kody shares his stories about his struggles and how to navigate through recovery, mental health issues, and life after incarceration. He chooses to pursue motivational speaking and mental health advocacy for schizophrenia awareness, drug recovery and second- chance opportunities because he has dealt with these struggles in his own life.

Michelle J

11/23/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

Michelle @aprudentwillow is a South Korean mental health and rare disease advocate who lives with a rare neurodegenerative, genetic disease and a mental health diagnosis. As a patient leader who lives with a physical disability and a mental illness, she started her private advocacy account called A Prudent Willow on Instagram. Although Michelle is privately advocating for disability rights due to personal circumstances, Michelle believes that quietly advocating can help people. She is an English major, and she often uses her English skills to deliver important research news to rare disease communities. Michelle believes that mental health is significantly important in rare disease patients’ well-being, and mental health care must be included in inpatient care to provide optimal support and healing.

Emeka Chima

10/16/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

Emeka Chima is from the state of Maryland. He is an Undergrad studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland Global Campus. He is a two-time recipient for being recognized on the Dean’s List. In 2014, during his Junior year of High School, Emeka was diagnosed with mild schizophrenia. Years later, during his mental health journey, he joined Students with Psychosis in April 2020, and later became inducted into the 2020-2021 SWP Executive Board as Secretary. Through Students With Psychosis, he has become a mental health advocate and continues to divulge his story and lived experience with his condition. In his spare time, Emeka immerses himself in free-writing and enjoys playing the piano and cello.

Laura Kordowski

11/09/2021 @ 5:00 PM EST

Laura Kordowski is from New York and has received her A.A. in Liberal Arts, B.A. in History, and M.S. in Library and Information Science while living with psychosis. She has experience working in human services and currently works in a public library. Laura likes taking photography outdoors because there are many parallels in nature with mental health that she tries to capture in the pictures she shares on social media. She has been an Outreach Intern through Students With Psychosis and is now a member of the Executive Board.

Hailey Caine

10/26/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

I started mental health advocacy in March of 2021, with the hopes of bringing the most stigmatized mental health issues into public awareness and acceptance, and to empower others living with these issues. I myself experience schizoaffective bipolar (type 1) disorder, as well as ADHD and other mental health conditions. I have had to learn a lot about these things in order to survive, and thrive. I’m here to share my experiences and learn about the experiences of others, passing along the tools I’ve acquired along my journey to those who might benefit from them.

Alishia D.

10/19/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Alishia has been a peer support worker for the last 6 years and after taking a year break for personal recovery and healing, she finds she is more enthused to support mental health communities. She feels personal experience needs to be integrated into clinical mental health care and that more research needs to go into peer support strategies and actually be read by clinicians. She is also a writer of fiction and blogs, as well as an avid reader and tech enthusiast. She’s decided to go back to school for Cognitive Science and loves, loves, loves cats.

Baileigh Renfrom

10/12/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

We have a familiar face this week for Guest Speaker Tuesday. Freethinker, writing enthusiast, certified storm spotter, and self-proclaimed fitness junkie, @baileighjoy is also a dedicated mental health advocate. Her passion for raising awareness and educating her community stems from a lifelong battle with depression and her more recent diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. She believes that the simple act of using her voice can help overcome the gross misrepresentations and stigmatization that come with the diagnosis of a psychotic disorder. Baileigh graduated from the University of Memphis magma cum laude with a degree in Earth Sciences and enjoyed all things outdoors. She is honored to be a member of the Students With Psychosis Executive Board and achieve side-by-side with her peers by developing ideas through creative thinking.

Rose Parker

10/05/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Rose Parker is a writer, speaker, and advocate for the Psychosis Community. Having had Schizophrenia since a young age, she has experienced the many facets of Psychosis stigma and seeks to change the way people with Psychotic illnesses are perceived and treated. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Cum Laude honors and a background in neuroscience and psychological research. Her scientific background leads into her belief that education is a powerful force for improving the lives of Psychotic people. By working with Psychotic people, their loved ones, and clinicians, she believes we can change the way the world sees and treats Psychosis.

Jason Jepson

09/21/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Jason Jepson grew up in Virginia.  He was diagnosed with schizoaffective Disorder while he was enlisted in the United States Army.   Jason lived in Richmond, Virginia where he served as Chair of the Veterans Council at the McGuire Veterans Hospital. Jason began his mental health advocacy with NAMI and has since gone on to volunteer with the Share Network. His story of recovery has been published in numerous online and print publications such as Yahoo News, The Mighty, Psych Central, and OC87 Recovery Diaries.  Having obtained an Associate Degree from Sergeant Reynolds Community  College in Richmond, Jason’s true love is writing.  He has written two books When We Were Young, a fictionalized memoir of his late teens, and a book of poetry called Misfires of a Lyrical Mind.  Jason is proudest, however, of his first-person accounts that are published several times a year in Schizophrenia Bulletin, an academic journal published by Oxford Press.  He is honored to be part of Students With Psychosis, and he is happy to share his life experiences in hopes of helping others. Jason Jepson has served as a Students With Psychosis Advocacy Board Member, Executive Board Member, and currently as an Advisory Council Member.

Ambar Martinez

09/14/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Ambar is a second-year Master’s student of philosophy at The New School For Social Research. She’s been living with schizophrenia since 2017 and has questioned the idea of patient autonomy, agency, and authenticity as they relate to the illness. Also a peer counselor, she hopes to formulate valuable and dependable writing on the experiences of telling your story while living within illness through all her roles and extracurriculars. Her first self-published novel is available on Amazon, under the title “Under Delusions of Grandeur.” You can also find a limited version of her life story in the AppleTV+ Docuseries “The Me You Can’t See.” 

Amornthep (Sanju) Sachamuneewongse

09/07/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

Sanju, a young Thai-Indian, is an entrepreneur who was diagnosed with Major Chronic Depression and Schizophrenia. Since then, he has been on a journey to recovery with the help of his psychiatrist, family, and close friends. Understanding how hard it is to live with depression and schizophrenia, especially in the part of the world where mental health is widely stigmatized, Sanju has taken a stand to become an advocate for mental health. He has opened up about his diagnosis, treatments, and suicide attempt publicly with the hope that it will create a better understanding for others. Apart from being an advocate, Sanju is also developing an “On-Demand Listening” application with the hope of creating a more empathetic society where people learn how to listen from their hearts. Sanju has been selected as one of fifty from the Global Shapers Community to represent at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos, Switzerland.

Daniel Nepveux

08/24/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Hey, Hi, and Hello New Friends, My name is Daniel and you may call me Daniel, Dan, Dano, Danny boy, or Judd. I was featured on the @specialbooksbyspecialkids youtube channel, and Instagram page, for an interview I did with its wonderful and kind creator, Mr. Chris. I am diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder/Depressive Type, CPTSD, BPD, and Multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries. I am an AVID reader of almost every genre, but my favorite is horror; my favorite author is of course the great and hilarious Stephen King. I own fifty-two of his books and am always on the lookout for anything new by him. I love singer-songwriter music with lyrics that contain emotional depth and moving melodies. But my heart truly lies with reading and writing.

Rivky

08/17/2021 @ 3:30 PM EST

“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!” -Amy Lee, Evanescence

Rivky was nominated, Folk Artist Of The Year by the International Music Entertainment Awards, with her song, “Hear Me Mr. Honey,” produced by Grammy-winning Amy Lee, of Evanescence. A writer-painter-vocalist-banterer living in NYC and an advocacy speaker giving musical performances while speaking of her lived experiences with brain-thought processing disorders, talking to students and mental health initiatives, shining a light on psychosis, autism, and schizophrenia. A soulful, cabaret-ish, Jaques Brelian, Freddie Mercury nostalgia, Rivky is beautifully hard to pin down. Rivky grew up living Orthodox Jewish, in between Hasidic “Amish” like culture and the clashing of Western modernity.

Mel B.

08/10/2021 @ 6:00 PM EST

Mel (she/her) is a writer and advocate. She works as an interviewer with a mental health non-profit, where she interviews service users in public hospital programs. Online, she is most active on her Instagram account @acutepsychotic. Her work is influenced by her lived experience as a disabled/chronically ill trauma survivor who experiences psychosis. She lives in Maryland, U.S. with her two guinea pigs.

Carlos Larrauri

08/03/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

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. Carlos was also the recipient of Students With Psychosis the 2020 Academic Award presented at our RETHINK gala.

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