Business advisers can play a role in supporting small business owners’ mental health and wellbeing.
When small business owners are struggling, they often turn to business advisers, who are well-positioned to recognise the stressors that can impact negatively on mental health and wellbeing. Trusted advisers include accountants, bookkeepers, tax agents, industry associations and representative bodies who are often the first to notice when a client might be experiencing mental health issues.
It can be hard for advisers to know how to help small business clients with their mental health and wellbeing, while also looking after their own.
That’s why Beyond Blue has launched ‘Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses‘, a free online training course to give business advisers the confidence and tools to support the mental health of small business owners.
The course, which can be accessed by all business advisers in Australia on Beyond Blue’s Heads Up web site, covers four key topic areas:
The course covers four key topic 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