Mental Health Awareness
Together we can end the stigma surrounding entrepreneurial mental health
More than 50% of entrepreneurs struggle with a mental health condition.
Yet, you don't have to struggle alone. Together, we can:
raise awareness about the prevelance of mental health for founders
start up and scale sustainably without sacrificing our mental health
inspire a future of work centered in human connection and care.
If you are a founder who is struggling with their mental health, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In fact, according to a recent research study conducted by Dr. Michael Freeman 72% of entrepreneurs suffer from one or more mental health issues and 58% of entrepreneurs report feelings related to Imposter Syndrome
3X more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, and fear
6X more likely to suffer from ADHD
3X more likely to suffer from substance abuse
10X more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder
As entrepreneurs, the emotional labor, isolation, financial risk and destabilizing impact of creating a company or business can have a very real and profound effect on our overall health, well-being and mental health. Yet, rarely do we hear about this "dark side of ambition" and without this awareness, we personalize what, in fact, is a systemic problem.
The Collective Change: #Tools4Founders
In solidarity with Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health America and in partnership with Women Who Cowork, I launched the #Tools4Founders campaign in May 2021 to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health concerns amongst entrepreneurs.
Our mission is to remind entrepreneurs that they are not alone and there is power in the sharing of our stories. We also want to share resources and build our #Tools4Founders toolkit.
Below, you will find a comprehensive list of resources for entrepreneurial mental health, including psychological tips and tools, community resources, digital advocacy kits, personal stories and relevant books and articles.
Together, we can do better.
Together we can start-up and scale sustainably, without sacrificing our mental health.
Together we can end the stigma surrounding entrepreneurial mental health.
Share The Message
Help spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share your mental health tip/tool by writing your personal story or sharing images and graphics for #MHAM and #Tools4Founders throughout May.
May 2023 Events
A curated list of national and international events supporting founder mental health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month 2023. More events will be added soon!
Full Transparency: Ending Mental Health Stigma in Entrepreneurship
Take part in an eye-opening conversation that will break the silence surrounding mental health in entrepreneurship.
Join Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT in welcoming an exceptional panel of mental health experts and founders with lived experience, featuring Kari Sulenes, JaNae Taylor Ph.D.,LPC, and Ariana Vargas, as they address the pressing need for full transparency and mental health support in the entrepreneurial world.
Wednesday, May 17 11am-12:30 PM CDT, Online Event. Register here.
The Resilient Business Leader's Retreat
A gender-inclusive event for business leaders to pause, reset and restore.
Friday, June 16 · 11am - 3:30pm CDT, Online Event, Register here.
Mental Health Resources
A list of national and international mental health resources - hotlines, treatment programs, podcasts, online therapy, yoga/meditation and mental health apps. View resources.
Mental Health Programs for Entrepreneurs/Founders
Econa is a global center of excellence for entrepreneur mental wellness. They offer evidence-based workshops and peer support groups, co-create programs with founder communities globally, and support academic research on entrepreneur-centric mental wellness solutions.
Conscious Ambition: Support Group For Entrepreneurs
Peer support group for entrepreneurs facilitated by somatic psychotherapist, Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.
Women Who Cowork: Resilient Entrepreneur & Business Leadership Program
Leadership and professional development training for womxn and gender diverse leaders in the coworking industry, with a strong focus on the science of resiliency and mental wellness. Providing burnout prevention and mental health workshops, retreats and educational events.
Helping founders thrive through coaching, therapy and community. Pilea strives to build teams around founders and leaders in service of personal wellness and professional development.
Helping Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and LGBTQIA startup founders to create generational mental wealth, so that they can make a positive impact on their lives, businesses, teams, and communities.
Founders First offers a self-paced training, Peak Ability, a premier mental health and performance program for entrepreneurs. Their process aims to transform entrepreneurs’ lives in just ninety days and keeps them healthy, happy and high-performing throughout their journeys. Program includes access to a health factors app and peer accountability groups.
I've partnered with the Founders First System app to make my entire 93 activity mental wellness routine available to everyone. Use this link to follow my routine for free and turn your ability to stay mentally energized and resilient into a superpower in your life just like I do!
Coa's Emotionally Fit Founder Series
Coa is the world's first gym for mental health. Offering therapist-led emotional fitness classes and therapist matchmaking, Coa was co-founded by Alexa Meyer and Dr. Emily Anhalt with the mission to make mental health a proactive and daily practice, just like physical fitness.
Minding My BLACK Business® is a movement and podcast dedicated to the mental health of Black Entrepreneurs, led by Dr. JaNaé Taylor. The goal is to engage, inform, and support other Black Entrepreneurs as they manage the business of work. Founders can also apply to join the Mindful Moguls Program, a cohort for black entrepreneurs, facilitated by Dr. Taylor.
Founders Taboo, by SuperCharger Ventures, is dedicated to increasing the awareness, access and affordability of support for founders mental health and wellbeing in the start-up space. Their mission is to to strengthen the start-up ecosystem by empowering founders to support their mental health and become more balanced and better leaders.
Stigma Podcast - Mental Health
NAKED Podcast from Future Farm
Mental Health for Startup Founders & CEOs | Founder Playlist
#Tools4Founders Podcast Tour with Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT | Spotify Playlist
Entrepreneurship & Mental Health | TechStars 4-Part Documentary
Mental Health for Entrepreneurs with Erik Severinghaus & The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Stigma App: Stories of Hope for Founders
The 7 Mental Health Essentials (for Entrepreneurs) That You Might Have Forgotten
Good Grief: Why doesn't anyone talk about the emotional toll closing down has on small business owners.
Mental Health Challenges Associated with Entrepreneurship and How to Overcome Them
Another Job For Founders: Taking Care of Their Mental Health
Proactive Mental Wellness: key to success in the midst of entrepreneurial endeavors
How Entrepreneurs Can Prioritize Themselves
A Practical Way to Get Rich...and Die Trying: A Memoir About Risking It All by John Roa
Scale Your Everest: How to Be a Resilient Entrepreneur by Erik Severinghaus
The Entrepreneur's Guide To Keeping Their S**t Together by Sherry Walling, PhD
Impact Founder: Inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who risk everything for what they believe by Kristin Darga
Wellness Orbit E-Book: The Proactive Mental Wellness Approach at Work
Articles for Coworking Founders/Operators
4 Ways a Community Space Can Support the Mental Health of Their Community
8 Tips to Help You Navigate a Suicide Crisis in Your Coworking Community
Managing Overwhelm: 26 Tips for Coworking Space Operators
Mental Health Awareness Month: Our Top 5 Wellness Focused Podcast Episodes
Create a Mentally Healthy Coworking Space
Retreats for Founders
Mental Health Retreat for Coworking Operators facilitated by Women Who Cowork
Personal Therapeutic Retreats for Founders facilitated by Conscious Ambition
Stop feeling numb and exhausted and start feeling the excitement and vitality that sparked your entrepreneurial journey. An alternative to the 50 minute, weekly therapy or coaching hour, this customized retreat provides a 1-4 day immersive therapeutic experience for founders seeking focused mental health support to address a transition, crisis or trauma that is impeding your ability to lead/operate your business.
Book a consultation to learn more.
A few more great resource pages to check out:
Future Founders: Mental Health Tools & Resources for Entrepreneurs
The Un.Inc: Mental Health Tips for Entrepreneurs
Wellness Orbit: Free Stress Test