Healthy changemakers create healthy outcomes.
2 in 5 individuals in developing countries are expected to suffer from mental illness at any given time. For leaders who work in these contexts, the spillover effects of the mental health burden can lead to compromising their performance, their personal relationships, and their overall wellbeing.
In order to create effective programs that solve severe problems of poverty, we need high-functioning, healthy leadership that can go the distance without burning out. Investing in key leaders’ mental health can both build their resilience and amplify their effectiveness at achieving the mission.
Leaders with lived experience are especially at risk.
Here’s the good news: we’re moving toward a world where leaders with lived experience are relied upon to create innovative solutions to poverty. Having experienced these realities themselves, they offer a perspective that cannot be replaced.
Here’s the challenge: designing solutions for your own community raises the stakes personally. Working to meet the needs of neighbors always hits closer to home—causing both joy and despair. Leaders with lived experience also share in the same risks for poor mental health as those they serve. Without effective ongoing support, leaders’ mission impact and personal relationships suffer under this double burden.
Mental health and wellbeing are essential for long-term impact.
It is time for a new narrative in social impact leadership, where leaders and teams are included in the vision of flourishing they work daily to pursue. Brio offers a variety of trainings and consultations that address the needs of the grantees, leaders, and social impact teams in your networks. Download our guide to explore your options.