According to the World Economic Forum, there are 582 million people who’ve devoted their lives to this crazy thing we like to call Entrepreneurship. It’s world changing (where would we be without Microsoft, Apple, Tesla and more?) What would we watch without Shark Tank or The Profit? Entrepreneurship is aspirational, it lets people ‘Live the Dream’ and can bring incredible rewards. It creates almost HALF of the new jobs in the United States each year! Almost double the amount of new jobs created by big enterprise. 99.9% of ALL companies in the U.S. are small businesses, and the list goes on and on.
But., there’s a dark side. A side nobody likes to talk about. A side that many more entrepreneurs will experience than the number who will actually succeed. You see, nobody really talks about the fact that business can be brutal. Sure we skirt around it, our friends attempt to listen and understand as we deal with the challenges of payroll, bills, construction delays and everything in between. The toll however on the mental wellness of an entrepreneur is staggering.
Did you know that entrepreneurs are:
2 x more likely to suffer from depression
2 x more likely to have suicidal thoughts
2 x more likely to actually be hospitalized in a psychiatric ward
3 x more likely to suffer from substance abuse
10 x more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder
As we build WorkLodge we’re surrounded by thousands of entrepreneurs and it’s incredible to think that every other person we speak to, could be suffering from depression, or suicidal thoughts. So we decided we’d do something because we value our members. They are real people, not just clients.
Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays!
In partnership with Shield Bearer Counseling Centers who we’ve supported and worked alongside now for a number of years, we’ll be offering no cost mental wellness checkups with a licensed professional counselor in our Houston locations (to start with). We want to make it quick and easy. We want to remove the stigma, and promote the benefits of visiting with someone to chat about the strain and tensions of this lifestyle.
You’ll be able to book a short, introductory session through our regular booking system and then meet with them in the privacy of our workspace, to chat about anything you like. There’s no charge, WorkLodge receives no information about the conversation (unless you’re telling them how awesome our coffee is which they might relay back) and your session will be completely confidential.
This is simply a starting point for us to better support and serve our AMAZING community of entrepreneurs. We’re open to ideas if you think there’s more ways we can help.