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    14th Dec 2023
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    New mental health support for small business owners

    The South Australian Government has invested more than half a million dollars in a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Program, specifically designed to support small business owners and their employees.

    The program aims to help participants increase their resilience and capability to cope with mental health challenges and create a culture of wellbeing in their workplace.

    Small and family business owners will be able to access a range of activities at low or no cost, including masterclasses, education and training sessions, workshops, one-on-one support, psychologist-led skills sessions, webinars, e-learning, and online tools and resources.

    In addition to Master Builders SA – who were announced as a delivery partner earlier this year and are already delivering a bespoke mental health support program for the building and construction industry – four new organisations have been selected to design and deliver highly targeted programs.

    Program partner, Be Well Co, is an entity of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), which supports people to build their mental health and wellbeing through education, literacy, and practical activities.

    Be Well Co Co-CEO Monique Newberry, says mental health is a key priority, yet many owners and staff face barriers to accessing effective supports and programs, despite the increase in investment in wellbeing and mental health more broadly over recent years.

    “We know from data collected across the adult population that 2 in 3 people face challenges with their mental health and are struggling to cope. Gaining knowledge and practical tools can help prevent more serious problems,” Monique said.

    “This program will help give small businesses access to practical and evidence-based knowledge and tools that people can start to use in their daily lives to boost wellbeing and reduce stress.”

    Partner organisations who will deliver this program also include, Mindarma, Ignite Wellbeing Co, and Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland.

    If you’re interested in getting support for yourself and your employees, sign up to be notified when programs are open for registrations.

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