I am sharing with you an article published by TechCrunch under the name: “Investors and entrepreneurs need to address the mental health crisis in startups”.
We should really start to destigmatize the practice of making an appointment with a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
Let’s drop the act!
We all suffer till we learn how to become non-attached like Buddha: we feel alone, had trauma, blur the line between ourselves and our companies, feel the financial pressure, feel the pressure of the “perfect life” posted on social media.
Romanian business environment is no different from the one of the rest of the world from this point of view and if we want healthy businesses we should all start by paying more attention to our own feelings, emotions and overall happiness.
We owe it to ourselves to be more authentic.
“According to a study by Michael Freeman, entrepreneurs are 50 % more likely to report having a mental health condition, with some specific conditions being incredibly prevalent amongst founders.
– 2X more likely to suffer from depression
– 6X more likely to suffer from ADHD
– 3X more likely to suffer from substance abuse
– 10X more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder
– 2X more likely to have a psychiatric hospitalization
– 2X more likely to have suicidal thoughts
Colin Kroll was the co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, both consumer sensations that brought joy to millions; Anthony Bourdain had been a chef, journalist and philosopher who brought understanding and connectedness to millions of lives; Robin Williams built a career as a brilliant comedian and actor.
What these three share in common is that they were all people at the pinnacle of their industry and they all died too soon. Their premature loss is a tragedy.
The most brilliant and creative amongst us are sometimes the most troubled, and nowhere is that clearer than in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With each passing unnecessary death, the importance of mental health comes briefly into focus… but that focus lasts no longer than a news cycle and nothing changes. The time for lip service came and went long ago. We must take these issues seriously and we need to act.”
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