Mental Health Support for Business Owners

September 2021

There is little doubt that COVID-19 lockdowns and disruptions to trade  has caused intense financial pressure for business owners. A new program from Beyond Blue is providing support they need.

Running a business can be an isolating experience at the best of times, however as COVID-19 and extended lockdowns have shown, the pressure for business owners can be intense. Understandably, a lot of small business owners are reporting that COVID-19 has negatively affected their mental health.

Whether you're just feeling stressed, or completely overwhelmed about everyday life issues, NewAccess for Small Business Owners has been developed by Beyond Blue to provide a free and confidential mental health program to give small business owners the support they need.

NewAccess is designed to appeal to people who might not otherwise seek support for their mental health and to provide support early, preventing symptoms from potentially getting worse.

Support with a business perspective

Coaches from the NewAccess for Small Business Owners program all have a small business background and are trained in Low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - a structured, evidence based psychological treatment. Put simply, it allows us to recognise the way we think, act and feel.

The program is open to small business owners (under 20 employees) who are not currently seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist.

How does the program work?

The program starts with an initial assessment, then works with you over five sessions to tackle unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, using an individual plan that you develop with your coach. Together you will develop an understanding of what is causing distress and then work on practical tools and strategies that can be used in day-to-day life.

Visit NewAcccess for Small Business Owners page for more information about the program and details of how to apply.

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This article is provided for information purposes only and correct at the time of publication. It should not be used in place of advice from your accountant. Please contact us on 02 9957 4033 to discuss your specific circumstances.

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