Mental Illness Recovery Insights

I have been waiting for over 30 years for someone to write a book like this - an instructive and very practical guide - directly applicable to the everyday lives of persons living with mental illnesses and their loved ones - offering them a hand and leading them step by step through many of the lessons Katherine has had to learn mostly on her own - from creative, dogged, and prolonged efforts to find a way to build and maintain a full life in the face of a serious illness.”

Larry Davidson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University


Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP

is a mental health advocate, writer, entrepreneur, and a lawyer. She has been living with severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis and extended periods of suicidal depression for 20 years. She is now happily living in recovery. Katherine is the Founder of ForLikeMinds and BipolarThriving and the Creator of Psych Ward Greeting Cards.

She is a member of the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York City and is a monthly contributor to the NAMI National Blog. Katherine is also a Faculty Member of the Program for Recovery and Community Health, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University. A native of Toronto, Canada, she calls New York City home.

Katherine’s mission is to share her hope and inspire others to believe that mental illness recovery is possible and help them reach it. In two years since reaching full recovery and starting to share her story publicly, her work has reached over one million people.



Our Journey

Stigma, Meet Hope

Me - and My Wife's Bipolar Diagnosis



Hope and Recovery

Power to Create Change Comes from Within

Two Antidotes to Stigma

Embraciong the Diversity within Us

The Stages of My Mental Illness

Addressing Emotions with Mental Illness

Talking About Mental Illness: Reaching in

Coming Out About Your Bipolar Disorder

The Example Celebrities with Mental Illness Set


Treatment and Recovery

Finding the Best Psychiatrist For You

Hope Starts with Mutual Peer Support

The Effectiveness of Peer Support

Family-to-Family Peer Support

Shared Decision-making

Families Can Work Together

Finding the Best Medication Regimen

A Risk Too Big Not to Take: A Story of Recovery

What is Recovery?

Psychiatric Rehabilitation

People with Mental Illness Can Work

The Mental Health Movement in the Workplace

Mental Health Peer Specialist Support

Building Mental Health Resilience

Ways to Manage and Cope with Stress

The Remarkable Human Animal Bond

Coping with Mental Illness: What Not To Do

Working on Recovery with Loved Ones

Learning to Take Care of Myself


Specific Experiences

Learning from Past Manias and Avoiding Future Relapses

Turning Suicidal Ideation into Hope

Suicide: Saving Lives Now and Beyond

My Reality During a Psychotic Episode

Preventing and Preparing for a Mental Health Crisis

That Time in the Psych Ward


Specific Communities

Suicide Prevention for College Students

Parents and their College Child’s Mental Health?

Taking a College Medical Leave

Mental Health Challenges in the LGBTQ+ Community

Mental Health Challenges in Immigrant Communities


Rights and Advocacy

The Many Forms of Mental Illness Discrimination

Social Determinants of Mental Health

Mental Health Law Considerations

A Primer on Goverment Benefits


Psych Ward Greeting Cards

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