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Looking after your mental health when you’re self-employed can be complex. Even though self-employment offers purpose and freedom, it can also bring instability and isolation.
Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise how work affects your mental health, so checking in with yourself is always a good idea.
Simply Business has partnered with Mental Health at Work, a programme curated by Mind, to support the UK’s self-employed with their mental health and wellbeing.
Together we surveyed more than 700 small business owners to understand their challenges. Now we want to start a conversation and end the stigma surrounding mental health at work through our Mind Your Business initiative.
Below we’ve shared the best mental health resources for the self-employed, regardless of how much support you need.
If you need urgent support, It’s important to seek help. Visit Mind’s crisis support page to get the assistance you need.
If you’d just like someone to talk to about your situation, there are listening services that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Or if you’re in a financial situation that’s affecting your mental health, Business Debtline offers financial support over the phone or webchat. They also have an emergency line for serious situations – if you’re at risk of losing your home, for example.
And our cost of living hub offers guidance on issues related to the cost of living and energy crisis.
There are plenty of useful resources for maintaining and improving your mental health. Here are some of the best:
We spoke to Eglel Gomaa, owner of Girasole Restaurant in Seven Sisters, London about their mental health and they highlighted a common problem for small business owners and the self-employed.
“There is no one to offer support to my own mental health needs. I always put my customers and my team before myself. There is simply no support for the mental health of small business owners. I worry about other business owners who face the same problems", Eglel said.
Stories like Eglel’s are unfortunately common and this is why Simply Business and Mental Health at Work are campaigning for change.
We want to start a conversation and break the stigma surrounding mental health at work through our Mind Your Business initiative.
Visit Mental Health at Work's dedicated Self-Employed Support Hub for toolkits, resources and powerful stories to help improve workplace wellbeing.
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Zach Hayward-Jones is a Copywriter at Simply Business, with six years of writing experience across entertainment, insurance, and financial services. Zach specialises in covering small business and landlord insurance. He has a particular interest in issues impacting the hospitality industry after spending a number of years working as a pastry chef.
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