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Optimal health and wellbeing are vital for you to be able to function at your best as a business owner. Paying attention to your mental health directly impacts the growth and sustainability of your business.
If you’re mentally healthy, you’re resilient. You can bounce back from challenges and stress without difficulty. You’ll have a healthy self-esteem and positive mindset, enabling you to make decisions that result in your business thriving.
On the flipside, if you’re faced with chronic stressors, it may start to impact your mental wellbeing. If your mental health continues to decline to the point that you’re experiencing mental health issues such as feeling anxious or depressed, it will inevitably begin to impact on your decision-making and therefore the decisions you make in your business.
Over the past six years in particular, business and agribusiness owners here in Esperance have faced a number of challenges. The 2015 bushfires had devastating impacts on our community. In 2020, the pandemic first brought with it a sense of economic uncertainty, followed by restrictions that are continuing to affect us today.
Esperance is an isolated town, and living in the township, or on a farming property in the surrounding regions, brings with it its own set of unique challenges when it comes to maintaining good mental health.
Over the past few years, we’ve worked closely with agribusiness and business owners who’ve experienced significant stressors. The causes aren’t just limited to financial or economic factors.
Regardless of the cause of stress, business owners experiencing a decline in their mental health which impacts their ability to function were all experiencing problems in their business.
As a firm, we realised it was important to work together to find a way to identify and assist business owners who may be struggling with anxiety, depression or related mental health issues.
That’s why our Client Services Officer Tahlia recently undertook her Mental Health First Aid accreditation.
Tahlia plays a vital role in assisting Gavin, Tania, Mel and Cheryl in providing guidance and support to our clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or related mental health issues. Tahlia also works in-house, as our Mental Health First Aid Responder.
Tahlia is equipped to help business owners who may be experiencing heightened financial or personal distress. She is also able to administer first aid to someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Tahlia’s training aligns with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) ‘Count on U’ program, a university-led mental health first aid and relationship-building program which enables Tahlia to provide intermediary business and mental health support to both clients and colleagues.
This time of year can be difficult for many people, for many different reasons. Being self-aware, (paying attention to how you are thinking, feeling and acting), is important at all times, but even more-so during the festive season which may be charged with heightened emotions and expectations.
The stress of the holiday season triggers feelings of stress or sadness for many of us. It’s normal. It can be especially tough as a business owner if you’re not able to spend much time with family, or if financial pressures are high.
If you’re struggling, there is help out there. If you’re not sure where to turn, we can provide you with guidance and resources for accessing help. Reach out to Tahlia at email@example.com.
If you’re feeling suicidal, or at risk of hurting yourself or someone else:
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