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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.

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).
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  • On average, countries spend only 1% of their public health budget on mental healthcare.
  • Research shows that philanthropic contributions constitute around 30% of total mental health sector funding – a sizeable proportion. 35,36 However, mental health receives just 0.5% of all philanthropic health spending – the lowest proportion of any branch of health.

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 2021, $5.5B was invested in mental health tech, that’s a 139% increase compared to 2020 and 10x more than just 7 years ago. 

The evidence on impact investment funds clearly suggests so. 

Nurture Capital by Masawa. Why?

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.
  • 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.
  • #1 challenge of founders is measuring the achievement of purpose. All the while, research indicates that almost 50% of purpose-driven founders are either considering measuring their social and environmental impact or are currently in the process of introducing an impact measurement tool. 
  • Purpose-clarity is highly predictive of financial performance, corresponding to about +0.7% annual return on enterprise value and about +7% annual stock returns.

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