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Mental Health Support

Mental health resources for business owners

Beyond Blue has tips to help you run your small business from home and information for small business owners on managing mental health during coronavirus.


Heads Up has a page with information for employees including tips for self-care if you lose your job and how to work productive and safely from home. Business.gov.au has a dedicated page on coronavirus and mental health where you can find a range of free mental health resources in Australia.

Partners in Wellbeing Hotline

As part of the Victorian Government’s $26 million Wellbeing and Mental Health
Support program for small businesses, the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline offers
free and confidential one on one access to wellbeing and mental health support.

The 1300 375 330 Helpline is available seven days a week from 9am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends. The telephone helpline has also been expanded to provide business owners under stress with free access to financial counsellors.

To download brochure, please visit:
https://www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/1952569/Partners in wellbeing factsheet.pdf/_recache


The Victorian Government has other programs and resources to support your local
business community through the COVID 19 pandemic, which you can find on the
Business Victoria website.

 

St John Ambulance Mental Health and Crisis Support Training

Training available to key members who hold positions at Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations or Business Networks.

 

The training will be delivered in a virtual classroom, with 1 hour pre-learning and 2 days of 4 hour classroom sessions.  The topics trained include:

  • What is Mental Health

  • Causes of Mental Health Crisis

  • Mental Illness explained

  • Common Disorders (Mental Health Literacy)

  • Myths about Mental Health and Stigma Impact

  • Recognising and responding to signs of a person who may be at risk

  • Role of First Aider

  • Where to find Help

  • Principles of Self-Care

To qualify for this training you must:

  • Be a key member who holds a position at a Chamber of Commerce, Business Association or Business Networks; and

  • Have a willingness to support your local business community with mental health and wellbeing challenges.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/business-support-package/st-john-ambulance-mental-health-and-crisis-support-training

Additional Resources

Ahead for Business – small business mental health advice https://aheadforbusiness.org.au/

 

Heads Up – small business mental health advice https://www.headsup.org.au/healthy-workplaces/for-small-businesses

 

Victorian Small Business Commission (VSMC) - VSBC has a comprehensive mental health guide for small business owners including how to identify red flags, building strong support networks and creating a mental health plan https://www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/responding-to-coronavirus-covid-19/looking-after-your-mental-health/