Steve Colori was born in 1986 and grew up in rural Massachusetts. At age 19 while attending the University of New Hampshire he began losing his mental health and was first diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 22. Two years later his second and last episode occurred at age 24 and this time he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. During the next several years of his life Steve worked hard with multiple forms of therapy to overcome the disorder. One of the most important therapies he used was writing therapy. He wanted to become a writer and decided to write a memoir which was paramount in his recovery from schizoaffective disorder and his advance beyond it.
Steve has published 19 First Person Accounts with Schizophrenia Bulletin byOxford Medical Journals, he publishes fiction about mental health and stigma, and his memoir Experiencing and Overcoming Schizoaffective Disorder is available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble and with multiple book sellers. Steve writes a column with The Good Men’s Project titled Steve Colori Talks Mental Health which has been running since 2017. He has been published with Literally Stories, Talk Soup, The Flash Fiction Press, Short Tale 100, The Scarlett Leaf Review, A Story in 100 Words, Star 82 Review, and Adelaide Magazine. He has been lecturing Harvard Medical School’s Resident Doctors quarterly since 2012 and he currently works as a Peer Specialist at McLean Hospital. Working full-time throughout the Psychotic Disorders Division he provides in-services for several units, he has didactics with Harvard Medical School’s resident doctors, he provides group therapy and peer to peer support, and he gives insight into mental health experiences. He also lectures at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Steve has lectured for Harvard Medical School’s Executive Education Program; he has also lectured at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Schizophrenia Day, NAMI’s Greater Boston Community Advocacy Network, and for the NAMI Reads program of Cook County Illinois.
One of the most important quotes he ever heard was “To Improve is to Change; to be Perfect is to Change Often” (Winston Churchill) and he has come to live by those words.
For years he has had a desire to help others through his writing and he still works hard towards doing so to this day.