When you own a small and family business, your business is not the only thing you need to look after. It is also vital to look after your mental well-being. The check list below describes some simple steps you can take to help manage the stressors involved.

There are other resources to help small business owners manage the stressors involved, including:  

New Access for Small Business Owners is a free mental health service developed by Beyond Blue. NASBO offers one-on-one telehealth sessions tailored for small business owners with specially trained mental health coaches providing evidence-based advice on strategies for managing stress.

Ahead for business helps small business owners take action on their mental health and wellbeing through personalised resources and tools tailored to their specific needs, including a Mental health check-up you can use to see how you are tracking with your mental health and wellbeing.

MindSpot provides free, digital mental health services to adults across Australia including a free and confidential online assessment tool that can be used to learn more about the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and access clinically-proven treatment options. 

Lifeline are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. 

The Small Business Debt Helpline operated by Financial Counselling Australia has a team of qualified financial counsellors who can answer calls directly or assist via a web chat function. The helpline provides free, independent and non-judgemental advice by calling 1800 413 828.

ATO support for businesses and employers has learning resources, tools and services to support small business.

Smiling Mind aims to help Australian small business owners and their teams improve their mental health, wellbeing, and resilience. You can learn more about their free mindfulness program for small business owners and operators on the Smiling Mind app.