A few months ago I wrote a blog post describing my personal struggle with depression. That post was the first time many people who know me realized that I was struggling with depression.
Friends reached out offering support and about 10 people shared with me their own experience with depression.
All of a sudden I wasn’t alone. Without intending to I had built a support community for myself and a network of others who share the same struggle.
This support community has been enormously helpful in avoiding depressive episodes and working through them when they do happen. It has been a
Over 20% of people experience a brain condition and that number jumps 2x in the tech industry. So I began to wonder, if I only found this community because of my blog post, where is everyone else finding support?
Through my work at Techstars, I found
There is often little consideration for how to live with neurologically different people, the focus is mostly on pushing them back into the “normal” bucket. I don’t believe this is the right way to treat any type of diversity. Diversity fundamentally should be celebrated. Neurodiversity is no different.
People whose minds work differently than the median neurology are very valuable to society the way they are. Finding ways to help individuals with neurological differences embrace their differences as an asset is much more productive than considering all neurological differences a problem.
I’ve also chosen to join
If you are impacted by bipolar neurology or know someone who is, I encourage you to share Open Labs with them. Being open
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