Beyond Blue launches free mental health training program for SMEs

As part of the recent Mental Health Week, NFP beyondblue unveiled a new, free online training program to provide SME business owners with information and advice on how to better manage mental health issues in their workplace.

As part of the recent Mental Health Week, NFP beyondblue unveiled a new, free online training program to provide SME business owners with information and advice on how to better manage mental health issues in their workplace.

beyondblue says its Business in Mind (BIM) program addresses the unique challenges faced by smaller businesses, which often don’t have money for specialist human resource services commonly found in larger organisations.The interactive online program, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing’s Taking Action to Tackle Suicide strategy, can be accessed at www.beyondblue.org.au/workplaceonline and features video interviews with people involved in SMEs giving tips about how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems in the workplace and how to help an employee. It also features interviews with SME business owners who discuss how they manage their own mental health and how to have a mentally healthy workplace. 

Launching this virtuous program, beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said depression is common, can affect both business owners and employees, and costs the Australian economy $12.3 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and staff turnover.

“The fewer people there are working in a business, the greater the potential for impact, which is alarming when you consider that small to medium businesses employ around 70 per cent of Australian workers,” Carnell said. 

In addition to the BIM online program, as part of a national strategy to reduce the high rate of male suicides, beyondblue is offering free or heavily-subsidised National Workplace Program mental health training sessions to SME business owners, not-for-profit organisations, unions, and businesses in construction, mining, manufacturing and transport. All sessions must be delivered by June 30, 2014 and interested parties can contact Davidson Trahaire Corpsych on 1300 134 644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.beyondblue.org.au/nwp for more information.

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