What inspired you to create this website or entity?
I wanted to create a website that would bring awareness to Mental Health and Schizophrenia in NYC. Having Schizophrenia makes it hard to work in a corporate environment. I?ve worked with many different organizations as a graphic and web designer. Although the work I do is great, I usually struggle with the office setting. I often feel trapped at my desk. I feel there is nothing more uncreative than sitting behind a desk in a cubicle. This situation leaves me feeling depressed and unmotivated. In addition, being schizophrenic, I talk to myself a lot. My roommate at the time would call me out on it, and we would just laugh it off. Then one day I was riding the F train and I saw a homeless man talking to himself in the same way that I do it. Then I realized what the difference was between me and this man. I have a support system that he doesn?t have. Although I am schizophrenic, I am lucky. I have family, friends, and a doctor. Without them, I could be in this man?s position. I then thought to myself that I had to do something that would raise awareness for mental health in NYC and help out with the mentally ill homeless. This is why a portion of the profits of Schizophrenic.NYC are donated to organizations that help out with the mentally ill homeless.
How does your website or entity represent or contribute to the local community or borough which you represent?
I take a portion of the profits and donate them to organizations in NYC that help out with the mentally ill homeless.