Mental Health and Wellbeing in Australian Small Business

Principal Researchers

Ms Jaelea Skehan
Dr Gavin Hazel
Dr Ross Tynan
Dr Renate Thienel
Ms Arshdeep Kaur
Ms Emma Quilty
Assoc Prof. Frances Kay-Lambkin

Shaped by our previous research (see below), Everymind has developed Ahead for Business, a fit for purpose response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of small business owners.

Ahead for Business has been co-designed with the assistance of small business owners, and seeks to empower small business owners to take action for themselves and connect with others.

Ahead for Business consists of a website and a native smart phone application (compatible across both iOS and Android), a communication strategy and work in local communities to mobilise small business owners and those who support them.

As Ahead for Business is a new platform, we are calling all small business owners to try it for themselves and provide valuable feedback. We are interested to know if Ahead for Business meets your needs, as well as any areas that can be improved or expanded.

The project will be evaluated between October 2018 and June 2019 in three trial locations – Lake Macquarie, Singleton and Parramatta.

Find out more by visiting

Download the Ahead for Business app for iOS

Download the Ahead for Business app for Android

Research findings

Whitepaper reveals the hidden cost of running a small business

Findings from our research in to the mental health and wellbeing of small business operators in NSW, which was used to shape Ahead for Business, has been published by icare foundation.

The Whitepaper provides evidence that small business-owners and their workers are experiencing many stressors and that tailored supports specifically related to small business are limited, despite the fact small businesses represent 98 per cent of all trading businesses in NSW.

A copy of the Whitepaper is available to download below.

How can you get involved?

A research survey has been launched to better understand the unique needs of those who work in small business, and to identify options for a new response.

If you own a small business or have worked in a small business (20 employees or less), share your thoughts about mental health by completing the survey:

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