Stigma Podcast

is creating a mental health podcast

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Our Supporters will have access to the following:

Access to ask questions, comment, and interact with us directly via this page.

Access to a monthly one-hour AMA session held on Zoom (and sometimes on Twitch) where we will talk about the mental health market, startups, fundraising, and really anything else you want to talk about.

Access to a detailed notes summarizing our market update podcast episodes including source data, links, and deeper analysis than what we cover verbally on the podcast and more than we will be sharing in the show notes.  If you end up needing help finding data to use in your pitch, etc. and I have it, then I'll send it to you directly. Just leave a comment here.

^ This includes a detailed write-up of our recent U.S. Mental Health Market Size analysis with docsend links to PDF copies of the research used to build up the market size.

  • Monthly AMAs
  • Detailed Industry Research / White Papers

Market Data

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Our "Market Data" Patrons will have access to the following:

All the benefits of the base lower tier 


Updated trading comps and valuation levels on public comps relevant to mental heatlh startups.  These comps will be updated a few times a month and posted here for your informational awareness of how the market is trading the closest comps to our space.
  • Monthly AMAs
  • Trading Comps - Updated Weekly
  • Detailed Industry Research / White Papers


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Our VIP Patrons will have access to the following:

All the benefits of lower tiers


Regular postings of equity research, market research and other paid resources we are reading and sharing with you.

Full list of over 900+ investors who have invested in mental health startups, including a list of what companies they have invested in.  This is an ideal resource for Founders who are fundraising or considering Fundraising.  We provide view-only access to this list on a monthly basis.  The list is updated several times per month.
  • Monthly AMAs
  • Detailed Industry Research / White Papers
  • Trading Comps - Updated Weekly
  • List of ~900+ Mental Health Investors
  • Equity and Industry Research



About Stigma Podcast

Host Stephen Hays is living in recovery from decades of addiction, and untreated bipolar disorder.  After going to rehab in 2018, Stephen decided to share his story of addiction, mental illness and recovery in order to encourage others and fight against stigma.

As he shared his story, he was overwhelmed with feedback from people who were impacted, and encouraged to share their own struggles.  This inspired the creation of the Stigma Podcast.  The Stigma Podcast is a collection of resources, stories of recovery, information, and hope with the intent of reducing stigma, helping others and turning up the volume on the mental health conversation in America.

You can read more about Stephen's story here.

On this podcast you will hear from:
  • clinicians
  • people living in recovery
  • founders of mental health startups
  • mental health industry experts
  • neuroscientists
  • psychiatrists
  • therapists
  • and many more
A sample of our episodes includes:
Zak Williams
- Son of legendary actor Robin Williams talks about his father's suicide, and how Zak ultimately overcame addiction and became a mental health advocate (more here)

Dr. Michael Freeman - Dr. Freeman produced a study on the link between entrepreneurship and mental illness that has been widely cited.  He explains the connection (more here). Founder Karan Singh - Joins us to talk about building a successful mental health startup, raising capital, and where he sees opportunity in mental health today (more here).

Market Update - Weekly segment analyzing recent developments in the mental health market.  Recently we did a mapping exercise where we explain the size of the U.S. market (more here).

Stephen is also the founder, and managing partner of venture capital firm What If Ventures, which invests solely in mental health and addiction related startups.  Insights gathered from this work are included in the premium content offered to supporters here on Patreon.

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