While the pandemic does not seem to be slowing down or going away, and work as we knew it has fundamentally changed, mental illness is on the rise across all segments of the population.

Those mental health challenges are amplified by the stress of building a company, and in a world that glorifies innovation, it's important not to ignore the mental health challenges that accompany entrepreneurship. 

Here are five mental health challenges founders often face:

The first steps of building a company can induce massive anxiety. 

Ideas are a dime a dozen and for every successful tech company, there are thousands that never make it past the idea phase. 

When an entrepreneur has an idea, the thought of what has to happen to make that vision a reality can be massively overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. It also doesn't help that everyone entrepreneur speaks to won't stop repeating and emphasizing how hard the journey is.  

It is fair to say that at least at one point in the entrepreneurial journey, most founders experience anxiety, which is often crippling and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

The best way to focus on the goal and not get stuck with paralyzing anxiety is exactly that--focus on the goal. Keep your eye on the North Star and take baby steps day by day. 

Raising money can trigger feelings of rejection.  

We all read about those monster rounds of tech companies raising hundreds of millions of dollars, but what we don't read about are the investors who said no before that entrepreneur finally got a yes. 

Most of the companies we know and love in the tech sector got rejected by tens if not hundreds of investors before successfully raising money. This is part of the process and knowing that you're not alone can be extremely comforting. 

Contrary to popular belief, it is highly uncommon for a founder to get a yes from an investor before getting many rejections. This is a classic case of misery loves company. The best way to not let the rejection sink in is to remind yourself that the best founders in the world went through what you're going through. That has to be at least somewhat comforting. 

Pivoting requires incredible resilience. 

The art of the pivot is something any founder will tell you is crucial for the success of your company. Said another way, founders need to have an incredible amount of self-confidence and resilience to go back to the drawing board after spending so much time and money on an idea. 

I am not sure there are any magic tricks to increase resilience, but the knowledge that so many of our favorite companies started off very differently and pivoted along the way is encouraging and can definitely increase a founder's resilience.  

The chances of success or lack thereof can cause a feeling of failure. 

Let's not sugarcoat this. Statistics are not on your side and building a successful company in today's noisy environment is borderline impossible. 

Dealing with that failure, if and when it comes, is a topic not enough people speak about, and that's unfortunate. 

A good founder is one who knows how to get back up and start again. However, I don't think anyone can debate the challenge of spending years of your life, millions of dollars, and then failing. It's a massive blow to one's ego and is not simple to cope with. 

So how can a founder cope when failing? Well, transparency helps. For example, I had a startup years ago and when raising capital from some friends and family, I first set expectations and told them that they have to be willing to lose this money because chances are, I will fail. 

When we ended up failing, the fact that I set expectations from the get-go, both mine and my investors', helped me move onto my next thing. 

After investing time and money, failing can bring on a deep depression. 

Per our last point, the feeling of massive failure will often put a person into a depression, which can often prevent them from moving on. 

There are a few things you can do to keep the possibility of getting depressed under wraps. For starters, many founders keep their day job and build the startup on the side. This is only relevant for the initial stages but as the company grows, you're going to have to jump in. If you do decide to keep your day job, that might soften the blow of your failure, at least from a financial perspective. 

Another important step an entrepreneur who has failed can take is to document the lesson learned from the failure. 

Many have said before me that a failure from which you learn is not a failure at all. 

Learning lessons you can use when building your next venture can really help you not drown in the sorrow of failure and continue down the road of entrepreneurship, but this time, you're a lot smarter. 

In conclusion, mental illness is very common among tech founders and it's a topic not enough people pay attention to. Mental illness is often part of the entrepreneurial journey and it's crucial that founders have the tools they need to overcome those challenges.