One of the few upsides of having to face up to a pandemic is that we have been forced, as a society, to face up to the issue of mental health in the workplace.
It’s been a hidden cost centre for our country – to the tune of almost $11 billion every year apparently.
Just at the moment, I think our economy could do with that extra $11 billion.
Now it appears that a sliver of federal government money has been allocated to help fund a program for small business owners who need mental health support.
It’s only $4.6m, with another $2.1m to come for a different program.
So what is the money going to do?
It will go to Beyond Blue who offer one-on-one telehealth sessions.
While those sessions are undoubtedly incredibly valuable, I can’t imagine that $4.6m will go far.
As a small business owner myself, I know I have had my share of rough times when support is welcome. But I would also love to know more about how I can support my team. I’m happy to put my hand up and accept that the mental health of my employees is just as important as their physical health.
Perhaps some funds could be available so that Beyond Blue (or another organisation) could provide resources to us so we can help others.
What do you think?
This post first appeared on LinkedIn on January 17 2022