About Alyssa

Alyssa Cypher (they/them) is a radical mental health community organizer, activist, writer, and consultant.

They are the founder of  Inside Our Minds, a mutual aid collective that provides subsidized, community-based radical mental health programming to the Pittsburgh area.

Image of Alyssa, a white person with red hair in a side cut.

Writing: Radical Mental Health & Madness in Pittsburgh

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I recently created a mixed media piece on the co-optation of mutual aid for Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society. The materials used, particularly the use of stitching into a photograph of my arm, are a direct reference to Agnes Richter – a 19th […]
Last week, I was interviewed by Leah Harris for an article on survivor-led mutual aid projects during COVID-19. The article, “‘Not Fragile’: Survivor-Led Mutual Aid Projects Flourish in a Time of Crisis,” was published by Mad in America, a science, psychiatry, and social justice online newspaper […]
Image of the cover for "Instability in Six Colors" next to an image of Rachel, a white woman with short brown hair
Note: This blog was originally posted on Inside Our Minds on February 18th, 2020. Instability in Six Colors is Rachel Kallem Whitman’s first publication on mental health, available today! Inside Our Minds scored an advance copy through secret channels (or because Rachel presented the widely popular […]