Mental health and wellbeing resources for businesses

Running a business can bring about many work and personal challenges that can affect your mental health, particularly for small business owners. Trying to manage multiple responsibilities while running your business may cause you stress when those challenges exceed your ability to manage them.

As a small business owner, it's essential to look after your mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of your staff, so you can stay on top of business challenges and workplace stress.

Read more about mental health and small business and workplace stress.

Warning signs and symptoms

Make sure you are aware of the early warning signs and symptoms that may indicate you're struggling with your mental health.

Check to see if you are experiencing any of these physical or psychological issues

Physical

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance, insomnia
  • Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
  • Headaches, other aches and pains
  • Weakened immune system
  • Episodes of fast, shallow breathing and excessive sweating
  • Loss or change of appetite

Psychological

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Being unusually tearful or emotional
  • Irritability and anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Drinking alcohol to cope
  • Negative thinking
  • Memory problems
  • Worrying excessively
  • Racing thoughts
  • Loss of confidence
  • Low self-esteem

Take some time to read and explore the resources and support available below to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing (and of your staff), especially during stressful times.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) mental health resources

These COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing resources, tips, advice and support have been developed by the Queensland and Australian Governments, to help you manage during the pandemic.

General mental health and wellbeing resources

Read these general resources from government and mental health organisations.

  • Beyond Blue – business advisers' free mental health guide for small business owners, designed to support their clients' mental wellbeing. The guide includes practical information, tips and links to further resources.
  • Black Dog Institute – tips and information on how to make your business or workplace mentally healthy.
  • Dear mind – ideas and inspiration for incorporating mental wellbeing activities into your everyday life and links to wellbeing resources and support services.
  • Heads up – a wide range of resources, information and advice including an interactive tool to help you create an action plan that's tailored for your business.
  • R U OK? – mental health resources, including a mental health handbook for small business owners that encourages business owners, leaders and employees to build an R U OK culture in the workplace.
  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland – Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit has guidance material and practical tools to help you make positive steps towards a mentally healthy workplace.

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