Up Close and Personal: Conversations on Entrepreneurship and Mental Health

I’ve talked openly about my struggles with depression over the years and have engaged deeply in an explorations of entrepreneurship and mental health through several different organizations I’m involved in.

On February 16th, from 3pm to 5pm, I’m doing a free public event with the Carson J Spencer Foundation about entrepreneurship and mental health. For some quick context, they did a short intro video with me on the topic.

If you are interested in participating, please register and join us on February 16th at the Museum of Boulder.

  • Hello, Tks for the post! Is there an institute or clinic you’d recommend for young people with severe depression? In some countries solutions are not so easy to find.. I have a personal situation I would like to resolve with the Best possible help in the US

    • Feel free to email me – brad@feld.com – with a little more details (age and geography) and I’ll forward to a few therapists I know to see if they have ideas.

  • Thanks Brad. I can completely relate to the “shame and embarrassment” you felt. When I was going through my experience, it was so important that nobody knew, and I put so much effort into maintaining the illusion of a normal, happy guy.

    I found therapy to be an amazing resource, even if seeking out a therapist was one of the more challenging things I’ve done.

  • Hey Brad, I live in Texas so can’t attend the event in person. Will the session on Tuesday be recorded and posted online?

    • I don’t think it’s going to be recorded but if it is I’ll make sure I point to it.

  • Jann Scott Live

    There is a perfect 12 step program for you. Workaholics Anonymous. Look it up. They have great books and literature . It will arrest your depression. I knew you We’re a candidate when you wrote a book entitled do more faster… sure sign. you can thank me later;)

    • V Kandinski

      I got the impression that Brad was currently building a resource for the community rather than looking for personal help. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

  • This is great Brad! Thank you for being such a long time advocate of mental healthcare. As a whole it needs more attention. In particular, startup entrepreneurs and communities need more awareness of the issues and access to tools, licensed clinicians and peer support groups. I’ve been launching startups since college, and had no idea what I was subjecting myself to.

    Tenaciously pursuing passions, can be an emotional rollercoaster ride with a myriad of downs, doubts and fears especially at the early stages, especially with younger founders. The buck stops with us and all responsibility for the team and the vision lies on our shoulders, as we wear too many hats and juggle too many balls. We are expected to stand strong and never let em see us sweat as we give it all, very publicly before our peers, our startup community and our industry. Workaholics Anonymous is great, but this is a new paradigm.

    I cannot join this Boulder event, but I certainly support the cause. I’ve seen these issues wreak havoc with friends, family and fellow founders. There was a recent tragedy in our local startup community, that’s caused us to organize some mental health resilience information and training. I think every community, incubator, accelerator and co-working space should offer the bare minimum to support the hard working dreamers persevering to change the world.