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An extensive collection of resources and facts about mental health, impact investing and Masawa.

The current state of global mental health

In short, everyone.

  • Mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide (WHO, 2020).
  • 1 in 5 people are set to develop a mental health condition in the course of their lifetime (WHO, 2019). 
  • Around 1-in-7 people globally (11-18 percent) have one or more mental or substance use disorders.
  • Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Bipolar disorder affects about 45 million people worldwide (WHO, 2019). 
  • In the US, mental illness affects almost 20% of adults (NIMH, 2017). 
  • 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2005).
  • 1 in 5 deaths among 15 to 19-year-olds in the EU are caused by intentional self harm (Eurostat, 2017).
  • The health of family caregivers taking care of someone with a mental health issue is reported to be 34% worse than of non-caregivers (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2015).

Unfortunately not. All over the world there are treatment gaps -the difference that exists between the number of people who need care and those who actually receive care.

  • Caregivers spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care (NAMI,2016).
  • Women and men in the lowest income group are more than two times as likely to report chronic depression than those in the highest income group across the EU (OECD, 2018).
  • On average, countries spend only 1% of their public health budget on mental healthcare (Saxena S, Sharan P, Saraceno B, 2003)

Business and investment opportunities in mental health

There is a rapidly growing number of startups active in the mental health sphere. There are more than 1000 mental health startups in the EU and US alone, most of them founded after 2015.

In 2019, € 633,08 million (£578.02) was raised by mental health startups, spread over 105 deals. Compared to 2014, global VC investment in mental health technology has increased almost five-fold to reach close to €657,16 (£600 million) (Octopus Group, 2020).



The evidence on impact investment funds clearly suggests so. 

Masawa: organizational health and diversity

We’ve known for years that corporate culture – how people work together – is a strong predictor of financial performance.

  • Research shows that workplace stressors such as long hours, economic insecurity, work–family conflict, and high job demands coupled with low job control are as harmful to health as secondhand smoke (McKinsey, 2020). 
  • A 2019 Mind Share Partners report noted that almost 60 percent of the 1,500 employed respondents sampled across for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors reported experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition in the past year, with half saying that the symptoms had persisted for more than a month (McKinsey, 2020).
  • Entrepreneurs are twice as likely to have depression and suicidal ideation (APA, 2020; Small Business Economics, 2018). 
  • Start-up founders are thrice as likely to have substance abuse issues (SAMHSA, 2017). 
  • People problems are to blame for 65% of startup failures (Noam Wasserman in The Founder Dilemmas, 2015). 


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