Mental health is a difficult issue to talk about in the business landscape. I often get the impression that many of us would rather bury our collective heads in the sand than openly talk about how hard starting a business can be on your mental health.
Because let's face it, being an "entrepreneur" or small business owner isn't exactly the route you take for a stress free and easy life.
I certainly felt this way for a long time, that my mental health was something to be ashamed of and that I needed to hide any evidence that I was nothing other than perfect.
I get pretty mad at myself now when I think about how much time I spent panicking about what would happen if people found out about my depression and how this might impact on my reputation and business efforts.
It's taken quite a while to come to the realization that I have nothing to hide and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. I am human and like all humans, I am fallible.
I say this in the video, but I am no less of a person for having had mental health issues. I am a strong and intelligent person who went through a particularly difficult patch and came through it.
This was an incredibly hard video to make for lots of reasons, but I hope it offers at least an interesting insight into what it's like to live with and recover from depression, whilst also trying to start a business.
I also hope that is shows that having depression isn't a life sentence of misery, you can get better, you will get better.
And the main thing is, you aren't alone.