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Mentally Healthy Workplace

Good mental health critical to business success

Small business operators have been urged to take as much care of their mental health and well-being as they do of cash-flow and serving customers. MTA Queensland encourages and supports business operators to consider and care for their mental health as well as their employees. 

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell said high levels of stress and long working hours left small business people vulnerable to fatigue, anxiety and depression.

"It can be tough starting and growing a small business. Often the hours are long, cash can be right and you have to constantly overcome obstacles." 

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There are several websites that provide excellent resources to help you maintain a mentally healthy workplace. You can tap into these resources as a sole operator or as the owner of a small business with employee responsibilities. 

Australian Tax Office
The ATO recognises that owning and growing a small business can be difficult at times and they have developed a support resource. This includes recognising that some may feel nervous about contacting the ATO, however they have a variety of ways they may be able to help.

Business In Mind
Business In Mind is an online resource specifically designed to support business owners who may be experiencing mental health challenges. It provides a range of case study videos using real small business owners and demonstrating that mental health challenges are common throughout the small business community. 

The Ripple Effect
A resource for the farming community that addresses male suicide in rural areas. 

Sane provides general information about mental health in Australia. In particular, it has information on seeking help and connecting with others. 

If you require further assistant or support contact:

ASBFEO mental wellbeing
beyondblue Business in Mind
Heads Up
Fortitude at Work


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