As a mental health-focused health tech startup founder, I am passionate about creating solutions that can help alleviate the stigma and barriers to accessing mental health services. I have joined the Founder Mental Health Pledge because I believe that prioritizing mental health in the workplace is crucial for the success and wellbeing of both employees and the company as a whole.
My personal motivation to create O7 Therapy stems from my own experience with mental health challenges. I have struggled with depression for many years of my life, and I understand the importance of seeking help and receiving proper treatment. Unfortunately, accessing mental health services in the Middle East can be difficult, expensive, and extremely stigmatized. I wanted to create a solution that could make therapy more accessible, affordable, and convenient for people in the region.
We believe that therapy should be convenient and accessible for everyone, regardless of their location, schedule, or budget. Our platform is designed to make therapy more flexible and affordable, and we hope to revolutionize the way people access #mentalhealth services in the #middleeast.
Joining the Founder Mental Health Pledge was a natural step for me, as I believe that prioritizing mental health in the workplace is crucial for the success and wellbeing of both employees and the company as a whole. By signing the pledge, we have committed to promoting mental health awareness, providing mental health resources and support, and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health challenges at every company we work with, and in every possible way.
We encourage all startup founders to prioritize their own mental health as well. Starting a business can be incredibly stressful and demanding, and it's important to take care of yourself in order to avoid burnout and maintain your passion for your work. Some practical ways to prioritize your mental health as a #startup #founder include:
- Establish boundaries: It can be tempting to work around the clock when you're passionate about your business, but it's important to set boundaries and give yourself time to rest and recharge.
- Seek support: Don't be afraid to ask for help or reach out to other founders who may be going through similar challenges. Joining a support group or seeking therapy can also be helpful.
- Take intentional breaks: Taking regular breaks throughout the day can help you stay focused and productive, while also giving your mind and body a chance to rest.
- Practice self-care: Incorporating self-care practices into your routine, such as exercise, meditation, or time spent in nature, can help reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
Investors also have a responsibility to prioritize the mental health of the founders of their portfolio companies. Startups can be incredibly demanding and stressful, and it's important for investors to recognize the importance of mental health and provide support and resources to help their founders thrive.
In conclusion, joining the Founder Mental Health Pledge was a natural step for us at O7 Therapy, as we believe that prioritizing mental health in the workplace is crucial for the success and wellbeing of both employees and the company as a whole. We encourage all startup founders to prioritize their own mental health as well, and for investors to take responsibility towards the mental health of the founders of their portfolio companies. By working together to promote mental health awareness and reduce stigma, we can create a healthier, more supportive work environment for everyone.