When the Going Gets Rough | Entrepreneurship & Mental Health

When the Going Gets Rough | Entrepreneurship & Mental Health

If you didn’t know, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. While mental illness and pain is something that we should be aware of year round, it’s good to have a month where we are reminded of all the resources available to those suffering. If you’re in a rush but you want to check out these resources, you can find them at the end of this post.


For some, depression and mental illness are difficult to confront or admit to having. The pressure to succeed at every level is immense, and with little time to focus on self-care, even the smallest stressors can trigger deep depression.

Even here at the Agency, we’ve had to make time to support each other in healing depression and suicidal thinking. As entrepreneurs, we understand that sometimes, getting through each day is tough. We know that one simple task at work may mean hours of unexpected, unnecessary stress, or that one little mistake may lead to a long night of struggle.

As friends and teammates on your business journey, We want to remind you, it’s okay. It’s okay that you may not feel like you can take on the world today. Take some time out to make space and time to care for yourself. Rest. Share a meal with family and friends. Go for a walk in the park or even go see a movie. Just remember that it’s okay to take a time out. It’s perfectly fine to take a day, a week, even a month to get yourself back to a place where you feel grounded and at peace. If something seems off, always remember to take a step back, breathe (a lot), and be mindful of your surroundings

If you think you’re getting ahead by plowing through a work day while you’re depressed or even sleep deprived, think again. It will only take you ten times longer to get through the simplest tasks and you risk making huge mistakes and bad decisions that will only cost you more time and effort to fix later.

There’s nothing more important than your ability to take care of yourself. Once you’ve managed to calm your nerves and break down the core of the problem at hand, take things one step at a time. If it feels like a problem you can’t tackle alone, there are plenty of resources available for you to get help.

There is no shame in needing assistance or even just some time to talk things through. We’ve included a list of resources (links and phone numbers) for you and your loved ones to take advantage of. Remember, you’re not alone, and we’re here to help, as are several communities in your area. Take care of yourselves, partners.

In love and light,

 

Learn about coping with depression at work:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/16/work-and-depression_n_5823534.html

http://www.depressiontoolkit.org/takecare/coping_at_work.asp

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/28/7-strategies-to-be-productive-at-work-when-youre-depressed/

For a list of Mental Health organizations that cater to specific communities in the Chicago area, check out: http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/resources/chicago-and-illinois-mental-health-agencies-and-organizations/

For Crisis & Prevention Hotlines in Chicago/U.S.:
  • C4: Community Counseling Centers of Chicago – 773-769-0205
  • Northwestern Hospital Psychiatry Hotline – 312.926.8100
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255(TALK)

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