See below for a list of free resources for both business advisors and SME business owners to support the mental wellbeing of yourself and others.
Ahead for Business
Ahead for Business has been developed by Everymind to support small business owners to take action on their mental health and wellbeing through personalised resources and tools tailored to their specific needs. It provides targeted and tailored support in various industries (tourism, entertainment, and family daycare) and geographic locations.
NewAccess for small business owners is a free and confidential mental health program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners the support they need. Over six sessions, coaches with a small business background will work with you to overcome difficult issues, providing you with practical skills to manage stress and get you back to feeling like yourself. No doctor’s referral is needed. Available via phone or video call 8 am-8 pm AEST. For more information visit the website.
Mental Wellbeing: Support Yourself and Small Businesses
Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses is a free, four-part learning course designed to improve mental health and wellbeing literacy, and educate advisers about how to have an empathetic conversation with small business owners they know.
The course takes less than 60 minutes to complete and covers four key areas:
- An introduction to mental health and how to recognise when someone needs support
- How advisers can look after their own wellbeing in the workplace and at home
- How to have a conversation with a small business owner you are worried about
- How advisers can proactively support small business owners.
This course is complementary to Counting on U (CoU) whereby it offers an entry-level insight to supporting small business owners’ wellbeing, whilst CoU is a formal 1.5 day course (spread over time) teaching skills on both client relationship building and mental health first aid. CoU also combines CPD points and an accreditation certificate via attending ‘live’ Zoom workshops, self e-learning, and post-training coaching and support.
Beyond Blue’s Heads Up program aims to help small-medium business owners and their staff’s mental health and wellbeing. This free course includes podcasts and further readings. For business advisors, Heads Up introduces mental health topics and provides tools on how to look after yourself, and how to check on someone’s wellbeing.
Black Dog Institute
Black Dog Institute provides wellbeing resources for workplaces, including guides on how to create a mentally well workplace.
Deakin Business School
Download a model on different social styles and how you can flex the way you communicate business advice to suit your clients’ styles.
Mental Health First Aid
If you or your staff would like to receive Mental Health First Aid training, but are not eligible to take part in the Counting on U training program, please visit MHFA.
Mentally Well Workplaces
The videos below will help you learn ways to manage feelings of anxiety and depression as well as managing mental health whilst emerging into a ‘covid normal’ world
My Business Health
My Business Health is a website hosted by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). It is designed to help small business owners navigate the wealth of information available to them and provides small business owners with easy access to tools, templates, and services. Support includes information on finances, empowering through building relationships, a business toolbox, a well-being check-up, and how to plan for a mentally healthier business. My Business Health also helps SBOs maintain their wellbeing as they navigate their way through COVID-19.
RUOK has role-play videos and practical tips on how to check in with others and open the conversation on mental health.