If you were concerned about your mental health and felt it was impacting your performance at work, what would you do?
At the DMZ, we see that many entrepreneurs are still not talking openly about their mental well-being. And these challenges aren’t special to our organization. Mental health concerns in tech entrepreneurship are often referred to as “founder’s blues.” Between 2011 and 2017, founder’s blues has contributed to a number of high-profile suicides in the startup world, including Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit.
Researchers from the University of California found that 72% of entrepreneurs surveyed self-reported mental health concerns. And about 49% disclosed they deal with ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, addiction, depression or anxiety.
These figures were described as “significantly higher” than non-entrepreneurs.
If we want to get serious about mental health in tech, we need to be honest about the environment in which we work in. Unfortunately, there is often no work-life balance for entrepreneurs. That is just the nature of the beast — there are short runs of funding and high expectations.
Heading into our third year, DMZ is continuing to provide access to mental health resources by partnering with Inkblot Therapy to connect members of the tech community to accredited counsellors and therapists through confidential video counselling for free.
At the DMZ, we understand that it’s not about solving the fact that individuals will come to face high levels of stress and anxiety. It’s about finding ways to equip them with the proper tools to maneuver the daily ups and downs of startup life.
Let’s work together to reduce the stigma around mental health in the startup community and increase awareness that mental health affects us all.
An estimated 1 in 2 people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s labour force have experienced a mental health issue. Ignite mental health support in your workplace by taking the MindsMatter Assessment today.