KATHERINE PONTE – FOUNDER

Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP is a mental health advocate, writer, entrepreneur, and a lawyer. Katherine has been living with severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis and extended periods of suicidal depression for twenty years. She is now happily living in recovery with the help of a strong support team of family, friends, doctors, and emotional support animals. Since reaching recovery in 2018, Katherine has committed herself to helping people affected by mental illness, especially serious mental illness reach recovery through various initiatives. Katherine founded ForLikeMinds, an online peer support community for people living with or supporting someone with mental illness. She actively manages an online community of over 50,000 people focused on mental health on the ForLikeMinds platform. She also created Psych Ward Greeting Cards, an innovative outreach program that visits psychiatric patients in hospitals distributing donated greeting cards with recovery messages and providing peer support. She also provides one-on-one recovery bipolar recovery coaching through BipolarThriving. These initiatives have all been built with invaluable support from her spouse, Izzy Gonçalves. Katherine is a Faculty Member of the Program for Recovery and Community Health, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University. She is the author of ForLikeMinds: Mental Illness Recovery Insights and a monthly contributor to the NAMI Blog, the leading mental health blog in the U.S. Katherine is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, New York Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional, New York Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Barrister & Solicitor. Katherine is a member of the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York City, the largest affiliate of the leading mental health non-profit organization in the U.S. and a member of Fountain House, the world’s leading Clubhouse for people living with serious mental illness. She is committed to increasing mental health awareness, especially for those with serious mental illness, through these efforts and by sharing her story publicly. Her Recovery Journey and Talking About Mental Illness videos and writings have been viewed by well over one million people. She has also been interviewed by major news outlets, including Insider, CBS, and CNN on topics related to mental health. She has a BA in political science from the University of Western Ontario, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Katherine’s life mission is to share her hope and inspire others to believe that mental illness recovery is possible, and help them reach it. A native of Toronto, Canada, Katherine lives in New York City and the Catskills.

Katherine's Recovery Journey

Izzy’s Caregiver’s Mental Illness Recovery Journey

O sonho encheu a noite Extravasou pro meu dia Encheu minha vida E é dele que eu vou viver Porque sonho não morre. Adélia Prado

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