Brad Feld’s most recent blog post on depression and entrepreneurship was on my mind. As usual, I focused inwardly first. I know with the trauma of Hurricane Sandy hitting this week, I was having increased anxiety. “It’s normal and to be expected,” I reminded myself. Then I thought about the ways I alleviate my anxiety: “What are you doing to care for your body?” Well, duh, I thought, I’m running now.
“And what are you doing to help others?” That stopped me.
You see, I firmly believe that one of the best ways to give your mind a break is to focus outside the bubble of your own narcissism. And nothing is better for that than helping others.
I can’t reboot servers. I can drain flooded areas but not as well as people who skilled in such things. But I can listen. Really well.
As I thought about the trauma of Sandy, I realized that even as the waters recede and the Number 1 train finally makes it past Times Square, there are going to be a whole lot of walking wounded around town.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a bitch. I know; I’ve been there.
Unexplained anxiety, lack of sleep, loss of appetite are serious conditions and the sooner they are dealt with the sooner you’ll be able to get back to work.
I can’t help everyone, but as much as I’d like to rebuild the houses and lives of the people of Breezy Point, my people are on Broadway from Madison Square on down town.
So this is a call to action. Working with Kevin Friedman and Dan Putt at Cojourneo, I’d like to help organize folks who can help with people who need help. I need coaches, therapists, and other mental health professionals to, perhaps, facilitate peer support groups.
Many people, even some flooded out of their homes and whose businesses are in jeopardy, won’t need help beyond the physical. But some of your friends, some of your competitors, some of your colleagues will. And what will turn the trauma of Sandy into a tragedy is if we ignore our peers in need.
If you can help–if you have the time to help organize free small, intimate, and safe online and offline peer support groups, please send an email to: ICanHelp@cojourneo.com.
If you need help, or know someone who does, send a note to BraveEnoughToKnowINeedHelp@cojourneo.com.
And, lastly, if you’re in neither category…pass the word. Let’s take care of our own.