Starting up a business takes a certain strength and courage that only few possess, but the pressure it comes with can take a toll. Often times, those working in startups can ignore their mental health, but David Shimwell, Franchise Recruitment Manager for Rainbow International, wants to shift the norm this Mental Health Awareness week.
“Most business leaders have an extremely tough persona, but just because you’re tough – it doesn’t mean that mental health concerns can’t occur.” said Shimwell. “We talk about our employees’ mental health and wellbeing a lot, which is brilliant, but let’s start speaking about those at the top too.”
Shimwell says that it is important to combat loneliness when running a business, regardless of having a mental health issue or not. It can be an isolating industry, particularly if you are self-employed.
He suggests that working out of a coworking space can help with socialization, networking, and provide a sense of community. Most importantly, look for the signs of a problem, listen to your mind when it says it is overworked, and seek help if need be.