Small business resource kit

Running a small business can be very rewarding, but it also comes with unique challenges that can impact mental health. These resources will help you.

Last updated: 26 August 2021


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Key information

  • The pressures of managing a small business can include financial stress, high work demands, juggling multiple roles, long hours, poor work-life balance, blurring work and home life, isolation, and lack of support.  
  • These workplace factors can harm mental health, so it’s important to take proactive steps to manage them.
  • Creating a mentally healthy small business doesn’t need to be a costly or time-consuming process.
  • There are significant benefits to your business, including increased productivity and a more engaged and resilient team. 

Tips to create a mentally healthy small business 


Manage workplace factors

Common factors can impact mental health at work, such as high demands, bullying, or job insecurity.  

Learn how to identify these factors by talking to your employees, assessing data such as staff absenteeism, and taking action to manage or prevent them.  

Then make a plan to address these risk factors.

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Make mental health a priority 

Make mental health part of your day-to-day operations.  

Having clear mental health and wellbeing policies, strategies or processes can help you meet your work health and safety (WHS) obligations and create a work environment where your team feel supported and more comfortable talking about mental health.  

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Mental health training 

Do training and education to better understand mental health, break down stigma, know the warning signs and what to do if you or someone at work might need support.  

We offer free and easy training for everyone at work (including sole traders). We also provide up to 4 hours of coaching for your business with a mental health expert.  

Register now for our free training programs.

Connect to support 

It’s important your employees know how to access mental health support if they need it.

There are many mental health support services available that you can share with your team.

If you think an employee may need mental health support, you should reach out and start a conversation. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can also access these services and talk to a mental health expert.  

If an employee takes time off due to mental ill-health, find out how you can support them to recover at work. 

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Look after your own mental health 

Managing the demands of a small business can take a mental toll on yourself and those around you.  

These stresses may build up over time, and you might not notice how much they’re affecting you.  

There are some simple steps you can take to manage your own mental health, such as:

  • setting an alarm as a reminder to take breaks
  • switching off from work calls and emails during certain times
  • keeping active
  • connecting with others
  • planning out your day
  • setting clear boundaries between work and home time. 

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Creating a mentally healthy and resilient small business

 

Taking part in our free mental health training has helped staff at S1T2, a technology business, better manage the unique pressures of working in a small business. They integrated mental health into their business plan and saw benefits for staff and the business. 


More support 

  • Ahead for Business supports small businesses to be mentally healthy with information and resources. 
  • NewAccess is a free and confidential mental health coaching program for small business owners, developed by Beyond Blue. 
  • Heads Up has mental health resources, case studies and information for small businesses. 
  • Tax and super support from the Australian Tax Office is available for small businesses in certain circumstances. 
  • The NSW Small Business Commissioner offers advice and resources to help your business thrive.

 


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