‘Crying On The Stairs’ – Discussing Mental Health In Startups (And The Workplace)

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For over a year, entrepreneur and investor James Routledge has battled with stress, sleepless nights, anxiety and panic attacks. By his own admission, it took James far too long to recognise his symptoms and take appropriate action. It seems like when it comes to mental health, we’re continually going round in circles. You cut your leg, you put a plaster on it. Why can’t we also treat the way we feel inside and not feel ashamed?

In this discussion James discusses his own recent experiences with his own mental health. Talking points include:

  • The inability to recognise your own symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or depression
  • How we approach friends or colleagues that are showing symptoms
  • The power of opening up and talking to people about how you feel
  • Attaching your personal identity to your startup

You can read James’ original post on Medium, ‘Mental Health in Startups’ here.

If you’re interested in podcast episodes that relate to stress and/or self improvement you may enjoy:

President Obama’s Former CTO On Surviving Stress In A High Pressure Environment

YouTube Star John Quilter On Going Bankrupt, Adjusting His Mindset & Becoming ‘The Food Busker’

Play Like A Child To Improve Your Business

Is Your Job Getting You Down, And What Can You Do About it?

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