Well, what do you know. TechCrunch is talking about depression (well, at least one of its writers). Yes, of course we -all of us that write for A Canvas Of The Minds or that took the Blog For Mental Health 2014, agree that we need to talk about depression and all the other mental illnesses.
It is sad that it takes the deaths that some well known people to start the conversation. What about the other countless deaths that were conveniently ignored or overlooked because, you know, that doesn’t happen in our family.
But hey! Keeping the conversation about Mental Health going is always a good thing. And coming from TechCrunch means lots of listeners.
Hopefully people will pay attention
Building a startup is like climbing a mountain and being told you’ll only get the gear you need–harnesses, helmets, bottled oxygen–as you struggle toward the peak. Long hours away from family, responsibility to investors and users, and the fear of failure are extremely stressful and they sometimes coalesce into something more severe.
I’m not a startup founder, but as a TechCrunch writer I’ve gotten to know many, some quite well, and I’ve seen how entrepreneurship can put even the most optimistic people at risk for depression.
That’s why I was glad to read a blog post this weekend from Y Combinator president Sam Altman about founders and depression. Psychological issues of every kind are stigmatized, but it seems even worse for people working in tech.
As Altman writes,
“There is a huge amount of pressure as a founder to never show weakness and to be the cheerleader in all internal and external situations. The…
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