A Minute Read on Mental Health: Business Owners and SME’s

More and more we are hearing about large companies making efforts to put mental health and well-being safeguarding measures in place, but, for those who are self-employed or running SME’s, this isn’t the case.

One of the main conditions that most effects the health of business owners are those relating to ill mental health. Reaping the benefits of a successful business but, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges that can be detrimental to mental health. Owners often take sole responsibility for the company’s success and to drive this success, owners are working long, intense hours to meet business demands and, often undertaking business activities after business hours such as responding to e-mails. Other business related issues which are incredibly prominent both during and after work hours are managing financial issues and worrying about where the next job will come from. Often, business owners feel like they are solely responsible got themselves, their family, their employees and the success of the business and, within that, the isolation that can come from being a business owner can mean they are lonely and have no one to talk to or support them about their worries.

Whilst running a business can be incredibly rewarding, it’s becoming increasingly important that those who are self-employed or running an SME are taking steps to look after themselves and monitor their mental health and well-being.

 

Here are some organisations if you, or someone you know, might need help:

 

Mind

Helpline number: 0300 123 3393

https://www.mind.org.uk/

SANE

Helpline number: 0300 304 7000

www.sane.org.uk/support

Samaritans

Helpline number: 116 123

www.samaritans.org.co.uk

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