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But they are also under huge pressure,” says Louise Chunn, a former magazine editor and the founder of welldoing.org, a site that helps people find the right therapist.
“So let’s start by talking about it.” He was staggered by the response. “I got hundreds of messages from people I knew and from people I’d never met before: investors, founders, employees, the girlfriends of startup founders, the husbands.Eventually it began to manifest into anxiety and panic attacks,” Routledge remembers. In February last year, he wrote a post on Medium that changed everything.After starting Match Chat so young, Routledge found shutting it down was like losing part of his identity. Called “Mental health in startups”, the post set out how Routledge was feeling, including the panic attacks and the pressure.Difficulty admitting to mental health issues was one of the biggest risks identified by founders including Routledge and Chunn at an event hosted by venture capitalist Rory Stirling from BGF Ventures at the end of 2016.“It can often be lonely as a founder: you can’t necessarily be fully transparent with your investors, board members or advisers, for fear of scaring them off.