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Scott Simontis

As a two-time survivor of suicide attempts and an individual livin' my best life in spite of bipolar disorder, I cannot overemphasize the importance of having someone to reach out to. It can be a friend, a trusted therapist or doctor, or even some kind soul online.

I can't speak for the entire world, but here in America if I was not fighting for my well-being on the job, no one was. If a company isn't keeping your best interests in mind, there's lots of companies out there. It's still a scary and stressful journey, but my experience has been that after many toxic jobs and heartbreaking startup failures, I was able to find a job I love and where my employer has my back.

If anyone reading this is struggling, please don't think twice about contacting me. I'm here to listen.

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Daragh Byrne Author

Thanks Scott. Yes, there are tons of different places to work - as much as it might be difficult to change while feeling unwell, it can be a great catalyst toward improved mental/emotional health. I have worked in toxic environments before and the toll it takes can be huge.

I'm fortunate to work with humans who I know have my best interests at heart - they explicitly say it's ok to not be ok, and have called me out on potential burnout situations before. It requires learning to set boundaries, which is a journey in itself, but its worth it.

Other humans can be great in providing you with perspective on your life situation and help you find your way out. If you can find an employment situation where there are people like that around you, that's a big win.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄

I have an experience similar to Scott's, and "if anyone reading this is struggling, please don't think twice about contacting me."

Just follow me on dev.to then you can send a private message.