Alyssa Cypher

Mental Illness Activist, Speaker, and Writer
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Alyssa Cypher, MPA is a mental illness activist, public speaker, and self-appointed “professional crazy person.” Her life goal is to work towards combining the (often separate) worlds of professional mental health and lived experience, in order to change the way people living with mental illness are perceived and treated in society. She lives with borderline personality disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Alyssa is the Founding Executive Director of Inside Our Minds, an organization that builds collective community narratives on mental illness 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.

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Alyssa is a professional public speaker on mental health and mental illness. She is available for lectures, panels, workshops, and keynote speaker positions. In the past, she has presented at TEDxPittsburghWomen, AlphaLab, Duquesne University, and NAMIWalks Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Alyssa writes on a variety of topics, including borderline personality disorder, stigma, discrimination and ableism, and life with a mental illness.
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Alyssa is available as a consultant to help make your workplace or event inclusive for people living with mental illness.
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