Us humans are social creatures we thrive on connection with others. One of the greatest impacts on our health and wellbeing is our feeling of connection and belonging.

Feeling disconnected and not belonging leaves us feeling isolated and alone. It’s not the number of people you have in your life it is the quality. Having like-minded people around you, people that get you, that understand the challenges and want to support you is essential to thriving in life and in business.

Loneliness can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health:

  • Depression and suicide
  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Increased stress levels
  • Decreased memory and learning
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Poor decision-making
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • The progression of Alzheimer's disease
  • Altered brain function

As reported by Smart Company in September 2019

The mental health of our 2.2million small businesses in Australia is at a crisis point. The mental health issues among small business owners in Australia are more than double the national average.

Over half of small business owners compared to 1 in 5 of the general population are living with mental health issues from stress, low-level anxiety to depression.

“A burden shared is a burden halved”