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Mental Health Awareness
For Founders

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.

The Struggle 

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

We are

  • 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.  

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#Tools4Founders

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Graphics and Messages

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Download and share Mental Health America Graphics and Messages

May 2022 Events

A curated list of national and international events supporting founder mental health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month 2022.

You're Not Alone: Ending Founder Loneliness - Join Founders Taboo and Laura Shook Guzman, psychotherapist for entrepreneurs, for a virtual support workshop on Friday 13th May at 8 am (CST) / 2pm (UK), in recognition of this year's theme of Loneliness for Mental Health Awareness week 2022. 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 Wellness

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: Mental Health Support Sessions for Coworking Founders

Membership community for womxn and nonbinary coworking founders, with a strong focus on founder mental wellness. Providing monthly mental health support sessions, retreats and educational events.

Founder Corner’s Therapy for Startup Founders

Founder Corner provides proactive therapy to help founders unlock their full potential. Their therapists specialize in helping entrepreneurs perform better, develop stronger relationships, and improve their decision-making. Founder Corner also supports founders to make the most of their therapy journey with care coordination, tips, and insights. 

Pilea

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.

Founder Mental Wealth

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 System

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. 

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

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

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.

Podcasts

Zen Founder

Reboot Podcast

Women in The Business Arena

Between Us with John Roa

Stigma Podcast - Mental Health

NAKED Podcast from Future Farm

Minding My Black Business

The Anxious Achiever

Mental Health for Startup Founders & CEOs | Founder Playlist

#Tools4Founders Podcast Tour with Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT | Spotify Playlist

 

Videos

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

 

 

Articles

 

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

 

Books

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

4 Ways a Community Space Can Support the Mental Health of Their Community

8 Tips to Helpp 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

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

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Somatic Psychotherapy For Entrepreneurs
Mental Health Consulting