Get immediate help

You are not alone! There is always someone ready to listen and talk to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate help, contact one of these services:

Lifeline - provides crisis support and suicide prevention. Call 13 11 14.

Beyond Blue - talk to trained mental health professionals that will listen, provide information and advice. Call 1800 512 348.

13YARN - it's an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support line that provides crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 13 92 76.

Suicide Call Back Service -  a free 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Call 1300 659 467.

Mental health and wellbeing resources for business owners

NewAccessfor Small Business Owners

NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential one-on-one mental health coaching program delivered by Beyond Blue to help small business owners manage the pressures that come with running a business.

Over six sessions your NewAccess Coach will work side by side with you to overcome difficult issues, providing you with practical skills to manage your stress and get you back to feeling like yourself.

Ahead for Business

Ahead for Business is digital hub designed to support the wellbeing of small business owners. Through the Ahead for Business digital hub small business owners can access tailored resources, connect to the online community and track your mental health and wellbeing journey.

Talk to a doctor

Your doctor is a great resource to answer questions and provide support. They can provide treatment, a mental health treatment plan or refer you to other mental health services.

Help with financial stress

The Small Business Debt Helpline is a dedicated small business financial counselling service offering free, independent, and confidential support online or over the phone to small business owners nationally.

All small business owners across Australia can access the Small Business Debt Helpline by calling 1800 413 828 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday AEDT.

Resources for business advisers

Heads Up

Beyond Blue has developed a guide and Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses learning course to help you support the small business owners you know.

The course covers four key areas:

  1. An introduction to mental health and how to recognise when someone needs support
  2. How advisers can look after their own wellbeing in the workplace and at home
  3. How to have a conversation with a small business owner you are worried about
  4. How advisers can proactively support small business owners.

Counting on U

The Counting on U program gives you the skills for deeper conversations about financial distress and ways in which advisers can support their clients’ wellbeing until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolved.

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