Mass media chose to focus on mental health this week. The focus was about two high-profile suicides. Sadly these are only two of the many that happen each year.
The few headlines I connect with when this happens are those about the shaming of mental health. The conversations fade into the background. The news outlets lose interest in their race to distract us and profit from our attention.
Just Rolling with It’s made me very aware of my own mental health. It’s helped me heal my own mind. My mind feels more connected, settled and stable as a result. I feel grateful for this.
Before Just Rolling with It, I bought into the storyline that I was supposed to have it “all figured out”. At times I was leading a startup company. Other times I was working in management consulting.
These are both environments that push the “having it all figured out story”. Anything less is perceived as a weakness and vulnerability.
This was most of the time. Sometimes it disappeared a bit if I put on my “I have all the answers” armor during meetings. Other times I numbed it, usually by drinking.
Then I read a post by Brad Feld
. He discussed his own battles with depression as a venture capitalist. He opened the conversation about mental health in the startup company world.
Jerry Colonna, now of Reboot, also talks a lot about this topic
. Jerry’s featured in this week’s featured podcast. He’s also shared his own mental health struggles.
My own view shifted after learning I wasn’t the only one who shared these feelings. I used to think therapy was a weakness, for example. I never spoke about it.
I guess today’s newsletter is my own small contribution to keeping the mental health discussion alive. We’ve seen the destructive power shame has on silencing these discussions.
Let’s keep them alive instead.
Catch you next week,