The role of small business advisers is about more than just providing guidance on debts, accounts and assets — it’s about people.
As professionals, small business advisers equip small business owners with the right information so they can run their business successfully.
Now they can also play an important role in supporting the wellbeing of small business owners and empowering them to look after their own mental health.
And it’s not only professionals who can provide support; sometimes it’s those closest to them – their family and friends – who small business owners will turn to when times are tough.
The Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work guide developed by Beyond Blue equips small business advisers such as accountants, bookkeepers, business advisers, tax agents, industry associations and representative bodies, as well as family members and friends, with practical information they can share with small business owners.
The guide allows these advisers, who often see first-hand how stress can affect small business owners, to provide support without needing to be a trained counsellor or clinician.
It includes practical tips on:
It also provides links to resources such as personal and workplace wellbeing plans, actions that small business owners can take themselves, and information on how advisers can look after their own mental health.
Find out more about how to recognise the signs of mental ill-health and provide immediate support to a small business owner.