My inspiring friends do amazing, innovative things, and I would love for you to check them out.

Sarah Fader

Photo courtesy of Sarah Fader.

Sarah Fader is a co-founder of Stigma Fighters and Eliezer Tristan Publishing. She is an author, advocate, mother, and my biggest inspiration on How To Be A Good Person.

She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and penned the viral hashtag #thisiswhatanxietyfeelslike.

She tirelessly dedicates her life to teaching people about the importance of empathy in our society, and spends most of her time praising other people for the amazing things they do for the world (you will never find her making anything about herself). I am endlessly grateful that she is in my life.

You can learn more about Sarah here.

Kevin Nordstrom

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Nordstrom.

Kevin Nordstrom is an artist, illustrator, and writer. He has been featured on Ravishly, Stigma Fighters, and Babble.

Kevin is a personal friend of mine, which is a friendship that I cherish. He is one of the kindest people who I’ve ever been connected with, and he’s always making me laugh. I met him via my Facebook page. Kevin has shared that my work inspired him to be open about living with schizophrenia, which is an honor, really. If anything I ever write could have such an influence despite the horrible stigma we experience, well, I guess that’s why I’m here.

Check out Kevin’s art on Facebook.

Marni Mann

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Marni Mann is the author of over 25 novels. She is a USA Today Bestselling Author and advocate for addiction recovery. Her novels have been praised all over the world and her book When Ashes Fall was featured in Life & Style magazine.

I met Marni when I was first starting out as an author. She is the most humble person I’ve ever known. Though she is wildly successful, she continues to be one of the most down to earth people and always takes time to connect with her readers. Her skills and passion as a writer are unmatched. Her books are some of the best stories I have ever read.

You can visit Marni here.

Michelle Hammer

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Michelle Hammer is the founder of Schizophrenic.NYC, a clothing line that seeks to change the way New Yorkers feel about mental illness, specifically as it relates to the homeless people in New York. She is the designer of the products.

Michelle is schizophrenic herself and has spoken openly about living with the disorder. She has been featured on WebMD, BuzzFeed, and Mashable, and has a mental health podcast with bipolar advocate Gabe Howard on PsychCentral.

I have been following Michelle and her work for many years. What she does is crucial because schizophrenia has so few advocates, and she is doing something that is so unique but is also really inclusive of our community.

Check out Schizophrenic.NYC here.

Rebecca Chamaa

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Rebecca Chamaa is an author, poet, speaker, and mental health advocate. She is the author of A Guided Mental Illness Journal & Workbook, which has been featured in The Drive Magazine. Her essays have been featured in Headspace, Teen Vogue, and Ravishly. She is open about living with schizophrenia.

I value Rebecca because she is one of the most supportive friends I have. She is always taking the time to read my work and offer an ear if I need it. She is always looking out for me. I can always go to her for advice professionally and personally and I feel lucky any time I can collaborate with her.

Check out Rebecca’s blog here.