Ahead for Business
Ahead for Business is Everymind’s fit for purpose response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of small business owners. It supports small business owners to take action on their own mental health and wellbeing and includes a digital platform (website and mobile application) that identifies specific needs and connects small business owners to tools, tips and e-health programs to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It is supported by a communication strategy, research and capacity building activities to mobilise the small business community and those that support them.
Ahead for Business has been designed with small business, uses the voice and stories of small business owners and seeks to empower small business owners to take action for themselves and connect with others.
Ahead for Business has been developed by Everymind, in partnership with a leadership group, which includes small business owners (some with lived experience of mental ill-health), icare Foundation, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, the National Mental Health Commission, the NSW Mental Health Commission, the NSW Business Chamber and other experts in the field.
Funding was provided by the icare Foundation to undertake initial research, co-design the approach and to trial Ahead for Business in three regions of NSW (Singleton, Parramatta, Lake Macquarie). Everymind’s dedicated research team co-led the approach and continue to evaluate it to inform development of the solution and its suitability for improvements and future scalability.
The digital platform, and other activities in the approach, will be evaluated between October 2018 and June 2019.
Access the website and app at: www.aheadforbusiness.org.au