07 May 2020
Ombudsman releases new mental health resource for sole traders
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health webinar for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus.
Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, during which he describes his own experiences with depression and anxiety and some of the strategies that worked for him in his darkest times.
“Garry is an exceptional person who comes from an incredible background as a former security guard for an ex-Prime Minister, running complex security operations in Australia and overseas as well as competing in triathlons and training elite athletes,” Ms Carnell says.
“His unique story is proof that depression doesn’t discriminate.
“In addition to Garry’s personal story, he provides a number of excellent practical tips for boosting mental health, many of which are tailored to sole traders who may be struggling as a result of this COVID-19 crisis.
“I understand that small business owners don’t have a lot of time to devote to their mental health, but if you can find 10 minutes in your day to watch this video, it will be time well spent.
“The webinar also directs viewers to our My Business Health web portal, which offers dedicated holistic support to employers and sole traders.
“The COVID-19 section of My Business Health walks small business owners and sole traders through the practical steps to keep their business afloat and also links with resources from Beyond Blue, which has taken a lead role in providing mental health assistance throughout this pandemic.”
“There’s no doubt this is a very difficult and uncertain time, but there is support for small businesses and sole traders and I would encourage them to access the free resources and services on offer.”