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October 11, 2021


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SME owners urged to be more aware of their mental health and seek help when necessary, following World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2021 came on 10th October after almost two years of varying COVID-19 restrictions, economic stress and political turmoil. The turbulence caused by the pandemic has altered the business landscape significantly, forging new challenges for business owners to navigate, including the status of their own mental health, according to The Accountancy Partnership. 

Barbour-MentalHealth-20Following recent research into entrepreneurs’ mental health, SME accounting experts at The Accountancy Partnership are urging small business owners to be aware of their mental state and the steps to take in order to seek help.

Lee Murphy, Managing Director at The Accountancy Partnership, said: “The events of the past 18 months have affected people in different ways, with the pressure of running a business taking its toll on many owners. Our research shows that six in 10 SME owners have experienced some kind of decline in their mental health which has led to them seeking help. For a quarter of people (26%), this involved speaking to a family member, friend or colleague and a further 12% have turned to a professional for support and guidance.

“When asked what has been most detrimental to entrepreneurial mental health, the pandemic (55%), general strains of running a business (25%) and Brexit (19%) were the most cited issues. Despite Covid restrictions being lifted, we are still experiencing its economic impacts, the repercussions of Brexit continue to be felt and the rigours of running a business are unlikely to ever change, so it’s clear that entrepreneurs need to access resources to support their mental wellbeing.

“A surprising finding in our research was the very few SME owners are turning to digital wellbeing means such as apps or online resources – just 4% in total. These are easy to access, often free and would offer confidential support to the 6% of business owners who are concerningly not comfortable asking for help.

“This World Mental Health Day, we encouraged SME owners to take control over their mental wellbeing and be confident that nobody is alone in finding that running a business can be mentally straining. It would be positive to see more entrepreneurs openly discussing mental health, offering support to peers and removing the stigma around mental wellbeing in business.”

To access the full SME Business Owner Mental Health Report, click here.

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