As part of the government’s $3.1 million Ahead for Business initiative and hosted by mental health organisation Everymind, the digital hub offers small and family businesses resources including articles, videos, podcasts and toolkits.
Users of the hub will also be able to access anonymous peer-to-peer forums, and an online wellbeing plan is among the range of supports available.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said while the financial assistance the government had provided was essential, it was imperative to also provide mental health and wellbeing support for those working in small businesses.
“Being a small-business owner comes with a unique set of pressures and responsibilities such as isolation, financial stress and workload pressure,” Minister Cash said.
“We are also seeing the enormous impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having, with many small businesses forced to close their doors and facing uncertainty about their future.
“Now, more than ever, we are reminded how vital it is that we help small businesses manage their mental health. Providing access to trusted information in this difficult time is crucial.”
Everymind acting director, associate professor Carmel Loughland said the institute was proud to launch the new Ahead for Business digital hub.
“The Ahead for Business digital hub is part of a national strategy designed to support small-business owners in every setting and empower them to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing. A healthy mind supports a healthy business,” associate professor Loughland said.
“We want to encourage our small-business community to prioritise their mental health, and through tailored resources and check-ups, the Ahead for Business digital hub will empower those working in small businesses to achieve this.”
Businesses can access the Ahead for Business hub here.