The demand for business stress advice has almost doubled since Covid
An online consultancy that works with companies whose employees need help with stress and anxiety saw demand rise 84 percent over the past year.
Healing Clouds – whose clients include Tesco, HSBC and Crowdcube – currently advises 3,500 people across the UK, compared to 1,900 a year ago.
The increase is highlighted in a report by Harper James Solicitors detailing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of business owners.
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Toby Harper, CEO of Harper James Solicitors, said: “The pandemic has made it more difficult to separate family life from work life. And running a business, especially as a sole founder, can be a very lonely place. The government obviously has a massive job in rebuilding the economy and supporting businesses facing such a challenging year will be very important.
“But it is also important that government policy-makers understand the impact of the past 12 months on corporate mental health. It will be a long way back for many. “
The report comes on the eve of Boris Johnson, who put the UK on its first lockdown back in March 2020.
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Mr. Kniaz, 41, who has supported tech giants like Deliveroo and Babylon, said, “I was exhausted from being locked in most days.
“Is this topic discussed enough? Probably not. Being a founder is mentally demanding all the time and you only see the success stories and not the other 95 percent of the cases that end badly for founders. It’s an excruciating job full of ups and downs, and being isolated makes it even harder to get through the lows because you can’t see friends in similar scenarios and share their travels. “
Ms. Totton, 33, who is now Lord Alan Sugar’s business associate, says, “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work, everyone needs to take time out to see their sanity. As a society, we must be aware that many people long after this virus dies, struggle to cope with the effects it has had. They need to be looked after and supported appropriately. “
Many business owners felt the same way.
Barry Searle, 37, Managing Director of Intqual Pro, who has hosted a number of Covid-specific wellbeing webinars during the pandemic, said, “We urgently need a study to understand the extent and long-term impact on the population. Access to psychosocial support in the UK was already well underfunded and barely available. I don’t think the government understands or wants to prioritize the potentially drastic increase in demand. “
Small business owners show how they have dealt with mental health and COVID-19