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Entrepreneur’s well-being

BDC is committed to helping entrepreneurs do well—and be well.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which we feel good, think clearly, and perform at our best. But many entrepreneurs experience challenges with their mental health - and some experience significant illnesses - that can affect both them and their business.  

BDC is committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of entrepreneurs. By sharing ground-breaking research, raising awareness, and providing access to support, BDC wants to help every entrepreneur do well by being well.

Entrepreneurs talk about their mental health 

In collaboration with Unsinkable, we present "Unsinkable Entrepreneurs," a series of videos showcasing successful Canadian entrepreneurs and their relationship to mental health. 

Entrepreneurs have superpowers and vulnerabilities

Learn how entrepreneur’s minds are different and why some face mental health challenges.

The state of entrepreneurs’ mental health

Key findings from our latest mental health study


sought professional help for their mental health in the last year

2 in 5

feel mental health challenges interfere with their ability to work


say work-life balance is their biggest source of stress

Well-being self-check

The 5-item World Health Organization Well-Being Index (WHO-5) is a widely used questionnaire assessing psychological well-being in people around the world. Scores can range from 0 to 100, with 0 representing the worst level of well-being and 100 representing the highest level of well-being

To determine your level of well-being, answer the following questions.  Note that this tool is to be used solely for educational purposes. Only a medical professional can diagnose a mental health disorder or recommend appropriate treatment. Should you have concerns about your results, please consult with your primary care provider.  

Your privacy is important to us. Your identity, response and results remain anonymous. BDC does not maintain record of the respondents to this questionnaire. 

Practical advice to support your mental health

Entrepreneur mental health is critical to business success

Prioritizing your mental health is not only important for your personal well-being, but it also makes good business sense. 

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Burnout prevention tips for entrepreneurs

If left unaddressed, burnout can erode the passion that inspired you to start your business in the first place.

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How to manage the financial stress of running a business

While some financial stress is unavoidable when you are running a business, the right strategies can keep your finances in-check to help manage stress.

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How to delegate effectively: Tips for entrepreneurs

Learning to successfully delegate will help you relieve some of your personal stress.

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Stress management tips for entrepreneurs

Five practical tips to take control of your stress so you and your business can thrive.

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Is a toxic workplace costing you?

From absenteeism to burnout, discover why it pays to foster a healthy work environment.

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How to protect your mental health in a crisis 

Strategies for staying mentally well during the difficult times.

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The power of a positive outlook

Three tips for developing happiness skills to help you cope with a crisis.

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Maintaining work-life balance

How entrepreneurs can cope when work and personal lives collide.

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If you need help

Looking for more?

If you’re looking for more information or help with your mental health, we’ve curated a collection of resources to help guide you.

Discover our resources

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