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Mental ill-health can affect small business owners of all ages and genders. It can affect those in rural or metropolitan areas and can affect business owners across a range of industries.
It is important to identify potential problems early to reduce the impact it may have on your life and your business. If you experience mental ill-health, you are also at increased risk of physical health problems and injury at work. Taking action early can therefore bring multiple benefits.
Would you ignore a clunk in your car and just keep driving it to see what happens? A 'clunk' in your car may indicate a small problem that fixes itself with time or it may be an early warning sign of a much bigger problem. It is the same with our mental health – so it is always best to have it checked to be sure.
There are a number of early warning signs that indicate you may be experiencing mental ill-health.
You may be experiencing depression or anxiety if, for more than two weeks, you have had an unexplained change in your behaviour – for example, more sad, miserable, worried or withdrawn than you usually are.
It’s important to remember that we all experience some of these behaviours from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you're experiencing depression or anxiety.
A shift in behaviour may indicate a warning sign of mental ill-health. Be conscious of:
If you have been feeling any of the following consistently, make sure you talk to someone you trust or a GP. These feelings may include:
Negative thoughts can slowly creep in, so be sure to recognise when they start to take over. Negative thoughts may include:
It is important to get help early as mental ill-health conditions are treatable. Be mindful of these physical warnings:
Depression affects one million Australians and anxiety affects two million Australians each year - so you are not alone if you are experiencing these thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
You can make a big difference to yourself and your business by taking action now. Take action now by: