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As a society, we’re talking about mental health more than ever before—but not necessarily about the mental health of entrepreneurs. It’s time to change that.

The state of mental health

In 2019, with the support of BDC, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) surveyed close to 500 Canadian entrepreneurs about their mental well-being.

62% of entrepreneurs feel depressed at least once a week.

46% of entrepreneurs say mental health issues affect their ability to work.

67% say their business’s cash flow is a cause of stress.

Discover the study highlights

Source: CMHA (2019), “Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of entrepreneurs in Canada

If you need help

If you have questions about your well-being or mental health, these resources may help guide you.

Resources

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When it all becomes too much
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When it all becomes too much

We know entrepreneurs face significant stress. Too often, they keep it to themselves. The consequences can be tragic. BDC Chief Strategy Officer Michel Bergeron shares a powerful story of his brother’s struggles and the importance of supporting entrepreneurs.

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Putting a stop to stigma

The stresses of running a business take a toll on many Canadian entrepreneurs. Yet according to the CMHA, fewer than one in five seeks professional help. Why? Top reasons include:

Social stigma
36%

of entrepreneurs worry that asking for help could harm their reputation and put their business at risk.

Cost
34%

of entrepreneurs lack the financial resources to pay for professional mental health care.

Lack of access
22%

of entrepreneurs have limited access to support services and don’t know where to look for them.

Source: CMHA (2019)

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