Katherine Ponte - NAMI-NYC

Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP is a mental health advocate, writer, non-profit founder, entrepreneur, and lawyer. She is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry with the Program for Recovery and Community Health, School of Medicine, Yale University. Katherine is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, and New York Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional. She has degrees in political science and law from two leading Canadian universities and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Katherine has been living with severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis and extended periods of suicidal depression for over twenty years. Since reaching recovery in 2018, Katherine has committed herself to helping people affected by 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, and built a platform of recovery-focused mental health initiatives around it. She actively manages an online mental health community of over 85,000 people on the ForLikeMinds platform. She created Psych Ward Greeting Cards, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is a leading psychiatric outreach program. Katherine also created  BipolarThriving , which provides one-on-one Bipolar Recovery Coaching to people with bipolar and supporters. Katherine is the author of  ForLikeMinds: Mental Illness Recovery Insights  and a regular contributor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Blog, the leading mental health blog in the U.S. Her message of hope has reached millions. Katherine’s life’s mission is to share her hope and inspire others to believe that mental illness recovery is possible and to help them reach it.