Why It's Time For Entrepreneurs To Eliminate The Stigma Around Mental Health

Forbes - 05-14


Have you ever taken a mental health day from work? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. That means it is highly likely that you or someone you know is suffering and needs help. Because of its prevalence, mental health issues have a significant impact on the workplace. Research shows that mental disorders, particularly depression, have a profound effect on business productivity—even greater than physical disorders. In fact, serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. Mental health issues are also the single greatest cause of worker disability in the U.S. While these statistics are disturbing, studies show they are even worse for entrepreneurs. It’s time for entrepreneurs to acknowledge the risks, eliminate the stigma and take preventative action around mental health.