Four in five small business owners suffering poor mental health

Rest assured that you are not alone if you are having sleepless nights worrying about what the future holds as the current Covid pandemic continues to affect business owners.

New research has revealed that four in five small business owners report experiencing common symptoms of poor mental health at least a few times a year says Mental Health UK.  Inability to focus is most commonly reported by small business owners, followed by anxiety, disrupted sleep, panic attacks with over a third reporting symptoms of depression.

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis appears to be exacerbating these problems amongst small business owners. When asked whether they’ve experienced issues with their mental health since the pandemic began, over one third (35%) have experienced panic attacks and half have experienced symptoms of depression. More than three quarters (78%) of SME owners said they’ve been worried about cash flow during the pandemic – the most significant concern out of all the respondents.

The mental health of small business owners’ risks getting worse without support and an understanding of what they can do and what options there are.

Brian Dow, Chief Executive of Mental Health UK, said “It’s an incredibly tough time for small business owners, with increasing economic uncertainty and disruption impacting not only the health of their business, but also their own wellbeing and resilience as they try to weather the storm.”

If you are concerned and are worried that your health is being affected then please pick up the phone for a chat with a qualified professional at SWBR. It won’t cost you a penny and could result in some much-needed peace of mind. Knowledge is everything and you could just find that understanding what options you have could result in a better night’s sleep for the first time in a long time.