I'm sharing an article via @LeslieBarber on the psychological toll building a business can take on a person. In light of the recent suicides of two prominent and beloved entrepreneurs, it seems a great time to reflect on our own mental wellness and to check in with our friends who seemed stressed, have a lot going on in their lives or simply because we want them to know that we care about them.
From The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship (via Inc.com):
"Lately, more entrepreneurs have begun speaking out about their internal struggles in an attempt to combat the stigma on depression and anxiety that makes it hard for sufferers to seek help. In a deeply personal post called "When Death Feels Like a Good Option," Ben Huh, the CEO of the Cheezburger Network humor websites, wrote about his suicidal thoughts following a failed startup in 2001. Sean Percival, a former MySpace vice president and co-founder of the children's clothing startup Wittlebee, penned a piece called "When It's Not All Good, Ask for Help" on his website. "I was to the edge and back a few times this past year with my business and own depression," he wrote. "If you're about to lose it, please contact me." (Percival now urges distressed entrepreneurs to seek professional help: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.)"