was successfully added to your cart.

Report: Entrepreneurs Have a Higher Mental Health Condition Rate Than Others

mental healthiness

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.

  1. Surround yourself with mentally strong people.
  2. Don’t cover up your feelings.
  3. Set aside time for mindful reflection.
  4. 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.