Business in Mind is a mental health promotion program aimed at the small-medium business sector. Whilst there are a number of potential risks to mental health posed by running a smaller business such as financial stress, isolation, or long work hours, there are difficulties in reaching smaller businesses with workplace mental health promotion initiatives. Operational constraints often make attending training or workshops difficult, the cost of Employee Assistance Programs may be prohibitive and there is still some stigma about accessing mental health services. Businesses without an occupational health or human resources function may struggle with managing mental issues amongst business owners, business partners, staff or clients.
In recognition of these challenges, the Business in Mind was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project including industry partners beyondblue and Workcover TAS. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is also a supporting partner. The aim of the project is to provide free, conveniently delivered and SME focused, workplace mental health training. A DVD and Resource Kit has been produced for distribution and systematic evaluation within the business community.
SME owner/managers willing to participate in the trial will receive the resources free of charge and are asked to participate in a longitudinal survey. The survey is designed to evaluate the DVD and Resource Kit and gather data about the psychological support needs of the sector in order to improve future versions of the program and other business support services. Different versions of the program are being evaluated, a brief DVD and kit, a longer version of the DVD and kit and the addition of 6 sessions of telephone support provided by a psychologist, where participants have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues of interest in relation to mental health in their business.
A video trailer for the DVD and further project information is available at Business in Mind.
Authorised by the Head of School, Management
29 June, 2012