VCNews | The Venture Center’s New Monthly Program Shines Light on Mental Health and Wellness

Posted on January 29, 2021
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The Venture Center’s New Monthly Program Shines Light on Mental Health and Wellness

VCHealth strengthens mental health and wellness in the entrepreneurial community in partnership with mental health experts 

Little Rock, Ark. (Jan. 29, 2021)The Venture Center, in partnership with Chenal Family Therapy and The Bridgeway, today launched a series of programs to provide mental health and wellness resources and community for entrepreneurs.

The Venture Center’s Wayne Miller, The BridgeWay’s Bruce Trimble, and Chenal Family Therapy’s Ken Clark discussed the current state of mental health and addressed the unique challenges entrepreneurs face at the virtual event attended by entrepreneurs from around the state.

Miller’s work with entrepreneurs over the years revealed a need that inspired the series. “People hear a lot about the creativity and grit of entrepreneurs, and rightfully so. But there is another part of entrepreneurship that demands our attention, and that’s mental health and wellness,” said Miller. “Talking about it is just the beginning. We’re here to start the conversation and then to provide education and resources, and to make mental health wellness a conscious part of all our efforts.”

Ken Clark of Chenal Family Therapy added, “The entrepreneurial journey can be a mental health rollercoaster, pounding away at the emotions of the entrepreneur from every angle. Between the self-doubt that exists in taking the huge risk of going out on your own, the anxiety that comes with managing a bottomline for the first time in your life, the drama that can come with running a team, and the isolation and chaos it can create in your home life, the pressure can feel relentless. Entrepreneurs who want to increase their chances of success, as well as incubators/ecosystems wanting to increase their ROI, need to prioritize gaining access to mental health resources.”

“Since the onset of COVID-19, we have seen people who reported increased stress, anxiety, or depression,” Bruce Trimble shared. “Many have noted that these stressors are interfering moderately, severely, or overwhelmingly in their lives. People have also expressed concerns about the economy, unknown duration of COVID-19 effects, lack of normalcy, isolation from friends and family, and risk of virus exposure as the leading sources of stress, anxiety, and depression. In light of these concerns, The BridgeWay is proud to work with The Venture Center to provide employers with mental health tools.”

Future topics for VCHealth will include but aren’t limited to:

  • Mental Health + the Workplace | Employer Toolkits

  • Mental Health + Entrepreneurs | Spouses and Partners

  • Mental Health Awareness Month + Failure

  • Mental Health + Entrepreneurship + Social Media

  • Burnout + Substance Abuse | Year End Self Check

VCHealth will be held every final Friday of the month. The Venture Centers entrepreneur support programs are free and open to all community members interested in attending. To learn more about The Venture Center’s entrepreneurial programs, visit

About The Venture Center

The Venture Center is a globally recognized Arkansas based Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their start-ups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world class team of mentors, intensive programming and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Arkansas and beyond. Learn more Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn,Twitter (@VentureCenter), and Instagram.