Alyssa Cypher

Activist and Community Organizer
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Alyssa Cypher, MPA is an activist, community organizer, and self-appointed “professional crazy person.” She enjoys connecting to and educating others through public speaking engagements, spoken word performances, writing, and podcasting. Her work focuses on radical mental health, Mad Pride, and the expertise and rights of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness.

Alyssa is the founding Executive Director of Inside Our Minds, an organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness in Pittsburgh. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Administration in Policy Research and Analysis from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She was recently honored for her work as a Pittsburgh Business Times 30 Under 30 winner.

View her recent talk at TEDxPittsburghWomen

Events and Projects

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Alyssa is a professional public speaker on madness, radical mental health, and new ways to think about our mental health. She is available for lectures, panels, workshops, and keynote speaker positions. In the past, she has presented at TEDxPittsburghWomen, AlphaLab, and Duquesne University, among other locations.
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Alyssa writes on a variety of topics, including trauma, discrimination, ableism/sanism, and general crazy person life.
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Alyssa is available as a consultant to help make your workplace or event inclusive for people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. She is also available for workshops on madness and mental illness for service providers and mental health professionals.
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