Small business owners feeling overwhelmed by the impact of the coronavirus have been offered a lifeline, with Beyond Blue launching a new initiative to support their mental health.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has praised the free online training course to help small business advisers provide mental health support to small business owners impacted by the COVID crisis.
“Beyond Blue, with the help of partners Xero and Go1, is once again taking a lead role in supporting the small business community at a time when they need it most,” Carnell said.
“There has never been a tougher time to be in business and the psychological distress caused by this pandemic cannot be underestimated.
“Given that small business loans are often secured against the family home, the stakes are incredibly high, and that is understandably taking a huge toll on small business owners’ mental health.
“Beyond Blue is responding to the needs of small businesses by providing evidence based training to trusted advisers who small business owners often turn to in times of crisis.
“Equally, small business advisers are in a good position to notice if their client is struggling to cope.
“This free online course offers small business advisers information about what signs to look out for, how to start a conversation with a client they’re worried about and how to connect small business owners to appropriate support.
“It equips advisers with the tools and confidence they need to play a crucial support role that goes beyond financial advice.”
The Beyond Blue Support Service is available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or at beyondblue.org.au/get-support
Press release, Sep 29
Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise