This past January, I turned 40. These milestone birthdays always spur reflection – in the past decade, I became a parent, founded a company, stared down personal bankruptcy more than once as we struggled to get our company off the ground, endured the ups an downs of start-up life, lost a father-in-law, and took on the care of an aging mother-in-law. Through out all that, I was so lucky for the support of friends, family, great coaches, mentors, and therapists who quite literally kept me sane. I know first-hand the pain and the ripple effects that arise from mental health issues that are ignored and left to fester.
I decided to participate in Founder Fights because I wanted to feel like a fighter. I wanted a physical challenge to match the intellectual and emotional challenges I’ve tackled all these years. And I wanted to give back to Boulder, a community that has always supported me.
That’s why I’m raising money for Boulder Community Health Foundation’s Mental Health Endowment. This is a cause that matters. Did you know that Colorado ranks 7th for suicide in the nation? Or that 1 in 4 Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime? We all know that Colorado is one of the healthiest communities in the nation. But we have a health care system that focuses on physical health, often to the exclusion of mental health. Refusing to address mental health as part of the health care puzzle impacts our entire community, compounding physical health issues, addiction, and chronic diseases. I'm so proud to be a part of BCHF’s effort to raise an endowment to support the mental well-being of patients.
I have benefitted from mental health support. We all should have that support. Please help me achieve that goal!