Contributed by Mel Novak, Small Business Engagement Manager – Beyond Blue
In March this year, Beyond Blue launched a mental health coaching program to support small business owners across Australia. This program was funded in response to research commissioned by the Department of Treasury in 2020 that reported almost one in three small business owners said they had a diagnosis of stress, anxiety or depression.
A wellbeing survey conducted by Xero in 2020 reported that mental health has become increasing worry for small business owners with two thirds of employing businesses and almost half of sole traders reporting concerns about mental health.
New Access for Small Business Owners (NASBO) is a six-week coaching program that offers support by trained mental health coaches who have a background in small business themselves. The program is free, confidential and no doctor’s referral is required. Coaching can be delivered via phone or video call between 8am to 8pm AEST Monday to Friday.
To find out more visit Beyond Blue. If you know a small business owner or sole trader, please tell them about the new program.