World Mental Health Day is happening on Sunday 10 October.
82% of small business owners say mental health declined due to Covid-19 – with one in five describing their mental wellbeing as being in a bad place.
Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. According to the Mental Health Foundation, those who are in good mental health are able to make the most of their potential, cope with life and play a full part in their family, workplace, community, and among friends.
According to the most recent data released by the Office for National Statistics, by the middle of 2020, one in five people in Britain was suffering from depression, twice the number in 2019.
Small business owners have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with the pandemic – and the various lockdowns, restrictions, and changing regulations that have come with it – causing severe disruption to business operations and, hence, in income.
Even though restrictions have lifted and small businesses are in a post-recovery phase, many are still working to recoup lost earnings from Covid-19 – which amount to £126.6bn in total for UK SMEs.
A third (33%) of small business owners had shut down their businesses at different points in the pandemic, and more than two-fifths (44%) are operating at a reduced capacity. Only a fifth (21%) of self-employed people have been able to continue work as usual during the pandemic.
More than a third (35%) have struggled to switch off, one in five (21%) say it has affected their confidence and more than a fifth (22%) say it has negatively impacted relationships with family or friends.
In addition, almost a third (28%) are feeling demotivated to continue with or restart their business, and one in five (18%) have fallen out of love with their business or the industry they work in.
With six million SMEs in the UK, accounting for over 99% of all businesses, this has the potential to hugely impact our economy and local communities.
All employers have a general duty to look after the welfare of employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and to assess and manage risk to their staff under Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
A mental health issue can be considered a disability under the law if all of the following apply:
A research carried out by Mental health charity, Mind, discovered that:
If you know someone struggling with their mental health you should click on this link from NHS Every Mind Matters.
If you are struggling and you need urgent help click here.
There are several apps that can help you cope with psychological issues.
Breathing techniques for anxiety are also a fantastic and effective way to help improve your mental health. Not only are they scientifically proven to help you feel better but they’re also completely natural and doable anywhere.