A few weeks ago a young entrepreneur threw herself from an NYC rooftop. So sad to see someone lose sight of life. That said, I can relate to the emotional trauma of building a venture.
Also as I confer in confidence with various founders, I would say that the below statistics sound about right. Hug an entrepreneur today!
I have offered to a number of entrepreneurs the open door to confide in my confidentially about how they are really feeling. Dave Schappell once explained that "an entrepreneur is never aloud to have a bad day. "Everything is great!" is the only acceptable response." And it is true, or at least feels true. So, when times get tough or even before that, reach out.... To me, to someone you trust, to a stranger. It doesn't matter. Just reach out.
From the article
"Of the 242 entrepreneurs he surveyed, 49% reported having a mental-health condition. Depression was the No. 1 reported condition among them and was present in 30% of all entrepreneurs, followed by ADHD (29%) and anxiety problems (27%).
That's a much higher percentage than the US population at large, where about 7% identify as depressed. "