Free portal for small business owners under strain launched
Small business owners under strain have been given a lifeline with the launch of the government-backed resources hub designed to help them manage stress and mental health issues.
My Business Health, a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, was launched on Tuesday by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash.
My Business Health is a free web portal accessed via the ASBFEO website that offers practical information and resources about those day-to-day issues that keep small business owners awake at night.
“Many small and family business owners may not be aware that their everyday worries – be it cash flow, staff related concerns or paying suppliers – can actually cause high levels of psychological distress,” said Ms Carnell.
“That can have a serious impact on both mental and physical health.
“My Business Health provides useful tips to help small business owners with some of the issues that go hand-in-hand with running a small or family business.”
The web portal also provides resources to help support small business owners experiencing mental health issues as a result of their concerns about their business. Importantly, there is also information on how to access immediate assistance via a phone number, chat line, or referral to other services if in crisis.
My Business Health has been developed in consultation with EveryMind, Beyond Blue and small businesses. It was funded through a $3.7 million Small Business Mental Health package announced by the government last year.
“Mental health is a serious issue for Australia’s small business community with the Productivity Commission’s draft report into mental health finding the cost of absenteeism and presenteeism to the sector is over $17 billion per year.
“A recently released MYOB report revealed 56% of small business owners feel that running their business has directly brought on anxiety and depression.
“48% of those small business owners reported their anxiety was largely caused by financial and cash flow concerns,” said Ms Carnell.