No matter your age, as a founder, entrepreneur, employee in a StartUp or a tech innovation company, you have to admit it is NOT always an easy path from one day to the next.
While the creativity, coding and process development can be exhilarating, many who participate in this rapidly expanding world tend to hide the internal stress and anxiety build up from work expectations. Colorado is a highly collaborative community! Almost everyone will contribute a referral, hands-on assistance, an introduction, mentoring, fund raising / marketing advice.
Yet for most of us we are simply not professionally equipped when mental health or behavioral issues challenge our friends or co-workers. Colorado Entrepreneurs MH Network was founded to help those within our community:
- source key signs behind irregular behavioral conditions
- call and speak to a masters level counselor to learn how best to approach someone showing these signs, or have an informed conversation with other coworkers
- provide for 24/7 counselor support for anyone needing to text, chat or call and address their emotional state, hopefully regaining a MH balance. (this does not replace ongoing work with a therapist)
ARE YOU AWARE OF THE KEY SIGNS?
A response to overwhelming, unbearable emotional pain, usually accompanied by an ongoing mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder. A person with suicidal ideation may not ask for help. Two forms are present: ACTIVE – suicidal ideation equals a wish to die with a plan to carry out that act. PASSIVE – suicidal ideation with an ‘expressed desire’ to die, yet no specific plan.
Affects an individual’s mind, body, and thoughts, leaving them facing tremendous emotional pain and ongoing sadness. This makes it hard to function, enjoy warm moments with others, and just getting through the day can be overwhelming. These symptoms engulf a person’s daily world, causing problems with work, co-workers, school, difficulty sleeping, and an inability to enjoy life.
The most common MH disorder in the US, involving a group of MH disorders that cause individuals to experience intense fear, nightmares and flashbacks from a traumatic experience and worry so much that it interferes with the ability to lead a normal life. Their day is consumed by such extreme worrying that they’re barely able to function. Others will avoid everyday situations such as hanging out with friends, co-workers or going to school to avoid triggering a panic attack about a specific phobia
Is marked by severe fluctuations in a person’s emotions, causing instability in her/his interpersonal relationships, behavioral affects, self-image, and levels of impulsivity. They endure inner battles on a daily basis that reflect in their inconsistent outward behaviors. These symptoms can be debilitating physically and mentally. Both for the person suffering as well as all who are in that person’s life. Many people get to a point where they feel that they have lost all control of their daily emotions, which precipitates future depression.
A disorder triggered by a terrifying event. From war, to fleeing a burning house, to being physically attacked. All symptoms an individual experiences will vary. They may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PTSD can affect people of all ages and ethnicities. It develops differently for each person’s experience. Some may notice symptoms in the days/weeks following the event while others do not develop symptoms for weeks, months, or even years after the event.
Work, social, large groups, situational avoidance or sports performance anxiety, can manifest in numerous life situations. People can become excessively self-conscious, afraid of presenting, embarrassing or humiliating themselves in front of others. Bipolar disorder, a mood swing, is a combination of extreme elation, known as mania, and then depression. Fear is a reaction to an actual danger signal, involving physical/mental tension. Mood swings are also feelings from the anticipation of future danger or something bad that might happen, even when no threat or danger is present. Some will suffer fully-fledged panic attacks with all the associated disabling symptoms. A phobia generally contains a Greek word for what the person fears plus the suffix -phobia. Like agro, claustro or xeno-phobia.
Up-to-5 Free Mental Health Sessions.
Critical team or organization incident support services may be requested by contacting us at 800.873.7138.
Many leaders within the entrepreneurial community came together to discuss and
focus a renewed effort on how best to create a touchstone organization,
so that all would have a secure way to reach out.
For both immediate help and simple advice. Here are some of their thoughts…
Dave MayerFounder, Technical Inegrity
I've seen one too many divorces, suicides and breakdowns in the entrepreneurial realm- so I decided to become a catalyst in abolishing the stigma affiliated with mental health issues and convene the best and brightest in Denver, Boulder and Aspen - to help entrepreneurs grow and thrive. I want to be of help to our community. The COEMHN network begins that outreach process.
After launching Impact Founder, there were hundreds of entrepreneurial founders who reached out to me for help, and to share stories of their own personal struggles. I realized after hearing from hundreds of people locally and globally, that none of us can go at it alone. Changing a dynamic within a community (in CO or globally) has to happen collaboratively at the root of and with the strong foundation of community.Kristin R. DargaFounder, Impact Founder & Ideal Day Coaching
As a long-time member of Colorado’s startup community, I know how frustrating, lonely, and stressful it can be to launch a company. And I know there are many others in our community who have faced struggles like my own. Having an asset like Colorado Entrepreneurs Mental Health Network will ensure that the members of our startup community have access to the resources they need to overcome the challenges that stand between them and their goals.Mike BiselliPresident Catalyst HTI, Industry Integrator
Entrepreneurs often struggle with mental health in the shadows. Our ‘fearless leaders’ are often gripped with fear and anxiety that leads to depression or worse. As a society, it is important that we openly discuss mental health to bring it forth from the shadows and into the light. As we do so, we can de-stigmatize issues surrounding our daily mental health and build stronger, more prosperous companiesBart LarangCEO, Full Contact
INSIGHT & NEWS ON COLLABORATING MINDFULLY
Forbes | 10-06-16
“When you are out raising money, people are counting on you. But there are no guarantees you’ll have a business a year from now. No one wants to talk about the fact that the black hole never really goes away. Lean on your support system and reach out to other entrepreneurs in your community — many of them have likely experienced similar emotions.”
Taylor McLemore – Boulder, CO Entrepreneur