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My Business Health, a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small-business owners, has unveiled a new section dedicated to providing assistance to those suffering from the COVID-19 crisis.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, said that setting up this dedication was a response to growing number of cases being received by her office due to the ongoing pandemic
“Small businesses are in a world of pain right now, with many forced to close their doors and others fighting to survive,” Carnell said. “Many of these small business owners will be too busy in their efforts to stay afloat to realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health.”
My Business Health is offering simple and practical information to help small businesses find their way through this difficult time. This includes the latest information on government support measures as well as assistance with employer obligations, finances, available government payments, loans and tax.
The portal also offers a number of resources from mental health organisations such as Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Everymind that deal with the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how this can be addressed.
A focus on mental health
“Personally, I want the Australian small and family business community to know that despite these extraordinary challenges we are now facing, this is temporary and there will come a day when our lives and livelihoods return to normal,” Carnell said.
“My office will be working hard to ensure small businesses are supported throughout this difficult journey. But during the coming weeks and months, find ways to work on your business – consider the changes you can make to adjust to this new environment if possible – and be kind to yourselves.
“Try to take time out for your wellbeing because your business ultimately depends on it. Visiting My Business Health is an excellent starting point,” Carnell concluded.