We’ve posted some great information about entrepreneurs with mental illness in the past, and because of the overwhelming response we’ve received, we started thinking about other ways to get involved.
From the reactions we’re getting to recent posts like 4 Factors That Predict Imposter Syndrome in Entrepreneurs and Why Are There More Instances of Mental Illness in Entrepreneurs?, we can see that many people in our audience are actively dealing with mental illness, supporting a loved one with a diagnosis, or possibly just starting to think about seeking help.
Something about finding out that you’re not alone in your struggle has amazing benefits for your mental health, and for that reason, online support communities for entrepreneurs with mental illness can be especially valuable.
As you read through the descriptions of the following communities, please keep in mind that there is absolutely no substitute for getting help through a mental health provider who can diagnose you and discuss the best options for treatment. These online support communities are intended only to provide you with a platform to anonymously discuss your mental illness struggles and receive helpful feedback from fellow community members, not to diagnose or treat any disease.
22 Online Support Communities for Entrepreneurs with Mental Illness
MentalEarth is a free peer support site for people with mental illnesses of any type. Live chat, blog posts, and chat forums are available to adults. You’ll find this online community is supportive, not judgmental. Find support forums about various mental disorders, medications, and different coping skills as well as general leisure forums.
Schizophrenia.com exists to give people with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders a place to share experiences, thoughts, coping skills, and more. The site has a devoted community that is quite active and you have the option to chat – without giving out personal information – with any community member in the forum.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created this online community for the purpose of giving adults with mental illness a way to connect with each other by sharing their thoughts anonymously the way teens and young adults have successfully been doing on the sister site, OK2Talk.org. Community members then respond to your posted thoughts, quotes, images, etc.
NAMI created this app to give people with mental illness an easy way to connect and talk to others about struggles when they’re not near a desktop. The app lets you share stories, thoughts, quotes, images, and video anonymously while letting you track the feedback and responses people in the community send. It’s a great community for entrepreneurs with mental illness to start sharing their stories.
Reddit /Entrepreneur is a community of entrepreneurs, some with mental illness and some without. Sometimes, just having a community of people that understand the stresses and challenges entrepreneurs face can be helpful in itself; however, if you’re looking for specific advice about mental illness, check out the relevant subreddits below.
This site provides resources and information for people with OCD, along with specific information about commonly reported obsessions and compulsions. It’s not just for entrepreneurs, but the information here applies across boundaries.
Subreddits for entrepreneurs with mental illness
Even if you’re not an active Redditor or don’t know if it’s the kind of site for you, we encourage you to check out the following subreddits that are intended for those struggling with specific mental illnesses.
In these friendly and honest communities, you’ll find other people, including some entrepreneurs with mental illness, that are there to learn more about illnesses for personal recovery or so they can support friends and loved ones. There are lots of personal accounts and experiences that will help you realize that mental illness is not uncommon or something that only you deal with.
Here are the subreddits fitting for entrepreneurs with mental illness that we recommend you check out:
17. /Mental Illness
18. /Mental Health
20. /Self Harm
21. /Suicide Watch