Entrepreneurs are Prone to Depression and Suicide

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

Suicide is not something that you decide to do on a whim or because you're "sad".

It's something that you think about for weeks, months, maybe sometimes years before deciding to act.

I'm very open about talking talked about mental health and I try to be transparent about my own struggles.

For many entrepreneurs, maintaining a healthy mental state can be a struggle. 

One in every three entrepreneurs suffer with depression and along with other stressors that can lead to work-related issues such as burnout, inefficient decision making, and turnover, as well as health-related issues such as depression, heart disease, and even death.

Research also reveals some of the common causes of burnout, such as lack of engagement, motivation, and passion.

Suicide is a global public health problem and does not shy away from affecting the most motivated or ambisious people. Especially for entrepreneurs pushing themselves to the edge in order to meet deadlines, goals, and expectations. 

October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day. The Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health and this year’s Day is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health.

The theme for the 2019, World Mental Health Day is focused on suicide prevention. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. The World Health Organizatio promotes a “40 seconds of action” to raise suicide awareness and the scale that it actually occurs. The organization also wants people to know the role that each person can play in prevention.

According to Dr. Alberto Trimboli, the Wod Federation of Mental Health President, “The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world.”

Here are handouts from the WHO on what you can do to help prevent suicide.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Global Suicide Hotline Resources

You can contact a hotline if you need support yourself or need help supporting a friend.

United States

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  Phone: 1 800 273 TALK (8255) 

The Trevor Project (for LGBT youth, friends and family members)  Phone: 1 866 488 73865 



Additional Resources

Training on how to have conversations about suicide www.CarsonJSpencer.organd www.WorkingMinds.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Chat 1-800-273-8255: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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