Small businesses bring significant economic and employment benefits to New South Wales. Small business owners face a number of specific stressors and risk factors, which can result in mental ill-health, poor general health and family conflict. These include financial pressures, high work demands, long work hours, market variability and a lack of focus on self-care and work-life boundaries.
Everymind is currently working with a range of partners to develop and evaluate online digital strategies to address mental health for those who work in the small business sector. An initial pilot was conducted of Ahead for Business, a fit-for-purpose digital hub to support small business owners in taking action on their own mental health and wellbeing.
The Prevention Hub will aim to enhance the resources offered to small business in two primary ways. Firstly, increasing our understanding of the distinctive needs of those in small business, by exploring the extent of mental ill health specific to the sector, and the identification of any modifiable risk factors. The results of this research will be used to help shape the development of new content areas, and to tailor and refine existing digital approaches for addressing mental health in small business owners and workers in NSW.
Secondly, implementation research will be conducted to better understand factors that influence uptake of digital approaches by small business and to identify any barriers and enablers that may impact on scalability.
Professor, Department of Psychology and Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Newcastle
Professor Kay-Lambkin has worked in a clinical research capacity with people experiencing psychotic disorders, depression, personality disorders and alcohol/other drug use problems, with specific experience in the use of cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques among people with co-occurring mental ill-health and alcohol/other drug use problems.
Acting Director, Everymind, and Conjoint A/Prof, University of Newcastle
A/Prof Loughland, a senior registered psychologist, has a strong national and international track record in translational mental health research, particularly in severe psychotic disorders. She has published 73 peer reviewed articles in high quality journals (e.g., Nature and Nature Genetics), presented at 51 national and international conferences, including as keynote speaker and symposium chair, and holds key roles in national and international scientific committees.
Acting Program Manager, Everymind
Dr Fitzpatrick is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that focus on children and families.