BY Tim Hoopmann

As a small business owner, I am aware of the need to take care of my mental health. In doing so I put myself in the best position to then support others around me. Taking care of my mental health means I will be in a better frame of mind to deal with life and business challenges in this ever-challenging world. I make this a daily priority so I can then go about supporting others around me.

In late 2020, a significant development for small business by Beyond Blue was to launch the free ‘Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses course’. It was launched at a time when two thirds of Australia’s small business owners reported the pandemic had negatively affected their mental health.

The course, which can be accessed by all small business in Australia on Beyond Blue’s HEADS UP website and covers four key topic areas:

If you work with small business owners, this is a great resource and a must complete for any business and their teams.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES AFFECTING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS?

WHAT CAN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO TO IMPROVE THEIR MENTAL HEALTH?

The Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses course is available free of charge across Australia and aims to provide small business with the skills to support the mental health of themselves and other small business owners. I encourage everyone to complete the course. Share with your teams and learn how to take better care of yourselves. Then learn about how best to support others around you.