About Us

18% of Americans are living with mental health issues.

We Are A Mental Health Slack Community

18percent is a community for anyone living with any mental health issue no matter how small or large. We understand the issue is widespread. In fact, 18% of Americans live with mental illness, which is why we created a community for folks to meet like-minded people. It can be hard to talk to someone who may not understand first-hand what you're going through. 18percent is an online community based off Slack, so you can chat in real-time with 100's of people from around the world. We didn't mention that it's free and always will be. We'll also help put on in-person events around the United States and possibly internationally.

We started 18percent because our family friend Louis passed away after struggling for 3 years with schizoaffective disorder / bipolar type 1. The onset of Louis’ psychosis occurred when he was 19, first hospitalized in October 2014. From childhood through high school, Louis was happy, athletic, musically gifted, made friends easily, and achieved outstanding academic success. He was subsequently hospitalized three more times for durations of several weeks to months. In March of 2017, Louis once again rejected therapy due to medication side effects along with non-acceptance of his condition, making it nearly impossible to manage. Two months later, in the throes of psychosis, he did not understand the danger posed by the nearby river. It is presumed that he perished on June 4, 2017.

Louis Hjerpe 1995-2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 18percent?

18percent is a free and global online peer-to-peer support group centered around mental health. Our community is hosted on the app Slack.

Why did you start 18percent?

Our co-founder Zach’s close family friend Louis passed away after struggling for 3 years with schizoaffective disorder / bipolar type 1. In his honor, Zach teamed up with his closest friend David to build 18percent.

What is Slack?

Slack is an internal chat service that offers “channels” for community members to hang out and spark conversation.

Can anyone join?

Everyone is welcome to join, but you must abide by the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct allows our members to feel safe. We prefer you don’t promote anything to our members. If you are unsure, you can direct message a moderator. Moderators have a green check by their name. You can also ask in the #community_questions channel.

What does 18percent mean?

At any given moment, 18 percent of the United States population suffers from some type of mental illness.

What is the goal of 18percent?

18percent’s goal is for members to learn from valuable resources, make long lasting friendships, and share their story. We aspire to be the largest online community for people struggling with mental illness with a long-term mission to end the stigma of mental illness.

Are we affiliated with any outside organizations?

This project is fully funded by two friends, Zach and David. 18percent is not affiliated with any companies, organizations or 3rd parties.

Is it free?

Yes, 100% free and always will be.

Can I be anonymous?

All emails are hidden, protecting anonymity.

Where are members in this group located?

Like mental health, 18percent is global. We have members in every major city and country.

Why do you need my email?

We ask for your email in order to sign up for the 18percent Slack group and receive occasional emails to the latest news on the community.

I'm having an emergency. Who should I talk to?

The community is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.

How can I help with 18percent?

Contact one of our moderators. All moderators have a green shield next to their name. You can contact the mods by joining the community and joining the #community_questions channel. You can also visit the contact page.

Who runs 18percent.org?

18percent.org is a community owned and operated by RidStigma, LLC.