The traits of an executive are very recognizable: confident, fearless and courageous. Executives are responsible for making tough decisions, steering organizations through difficult times, and demonstrating foresight and vision to deliver success.

Executive Summary

When stress is unmanageable and prolonged, it can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and lead to poor physical health, anxiety, depression and even suicide. A focused approach to supporting executives in managing stress and building strong mental health can impact both business and personal success in the long term.

The perception of an executive is that they are strong enough to manage and overcome stress, yet recent events would indicate some have unfortunately succumbed to it. Over the last several years, a handful of Fortune 500 companies have suffered the devastating loss of senior executives who took their own lives.

By understanding what stress looks like and adopting prevention and intervention initiatives that target executives, perhaps these tragic events can be avoided.

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