Mental Health is a topical discussion that I am careful to post about. There are so many factors, contexts, and conditions that weigh into a person’s mental health, and one’s professional life is just one of them.
But a recent article on this topic featured statistics I believe we should all be aware of – especially entrepreneurs and business owners:
According to a 2015 study by Michael Freeman, a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, as many as 49 percent of entrepreneurs report having a mental-health condition. Thirty percent of the founders surveyed cited depression, compared with the roughly 7 percent of the overall U.S. population.
That’s a staggering number to say the least. But it’s not a number we should just “know.” This is a fact and topic we should all be talking about in the workplace, be it through traditional HR channels, with coworkers, or career coaches/counselors.
Because this is a real thing that has major implications in the lives of an individual and an organization. The article gives many such examples, and I hope you will read it.
The piece also gives some tangible advice on balancing the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Here’s a sneak peek – again, these are just the headlines, read the whole article for deeper insight into each one.
- Surround yourself with mentally strong people.
- Don’t cover up your feelings.
- Set aside time for mindful reflection.
- Take a note from others (this is about reading biographies to learn from others’ stories).
This is a serious issue. It’s not going away. But with insight, facts and learnings from others’ stories, mental health is something we can all work to better understand and empathize with.