You remember the old saying “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”? If you think about it, you’ll realize that this is very true – but it doesn’t have to be just mama; if anyone in your close circle is suffering from a mental illness, then you know that it affects everyone else in that circle.
So what exactly is mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. The state of our mental health will also determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It doesn’t matter if you are a child, adolescent, or adult – mental health is important at every stage of life whether you are a man or a woman.
Even though we are hearing about mental illness/wellness now more than ever, it isn’t something new. The history of mental health goes way back to the stone age. From drilling holes in the skull to performing exorcisms there have been many treatments, theories and explanations throughout history. Unfortunately, a lot of stigma has been created around mental illnesses throughout the years which has held us back in taking action and moving forward with research. So as it stands now, while we’ve come a long way, we are still way behind. There is good news though; there’s been somewhat of a movement on mental illness and we are starting to move forward slowly but surely. Medicines have improved and research into doing brain scans are well underway.
Why Does This Matter to Me? The Woman Entrepreneur?
A study done in 2015 by a University of California, San Francisco researcher named Michael A. Freeman, M.D., shows that entrepreneurs are at high risk for a mental health condition. His findings have shown:
- Twice as likely to suffer from depression
- Six times more likely to suffer from ADHD
- Three times more likely to suffer from substance abuse
- Ten times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder
- Twice as likely to have a psychiatric hospitalization
- Twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts
Quite frankly, those numbers are alarming as a business owner. While this doesn’t happen to everyone, it’s important to be aware. This could not only have a debilitating effect on you, it can also have a devastating effect on your business.
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If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line, a free text message service available 24/7, at 741-741.