Supporting Parents in Small Businesses
As a small business ourselves, we understand the unique challenges you face, both as an employer and as a parent.
Running a business can be stressful. In fact, 46 per cent of small business owners reported anxiety and depression as a result of running their own business in 2021, with 26 per cent ranking mental health as an ‘immediate’ concern.
As a parent, the idea of stepping away from a small business – be it your own or one you work for – to be with a new child in your family can feel like a big ask when so much is going on.
The challenges we face as new parents can sometimes feel insurmountable.
One in five mums and one in 10 dads suffer from postnatal anxiety and/or depression. Chances are someone you know has gone through this.
Sadly, 74 per cent of parents don’t seek help until crisis point. And, when you’re working in a stressful environment already, this mental ill-health can fast be amplified.
What can you do to help?
We know you have a lot on your plate. You might not have the time, or the expertise, to invest in supporting yourself or your staff through the perinatal period, be that as an employee of a small business or a small business owner.
It can feel like a lot. But equipping yourself with the right support tools can make all the difference.
Our team of qualified practitioners are here to help.
We are developing a simple, digestible suite of resources to help you create a working environment that positively impacts mental health and wellbeing through the perinatal period (perinatal = the time before and after the birth of a child). Whether it’s help designing a handover plan, brushing up on your legal obligations or co-designing flexible work arrangements, we’re designing content to help you from early pregnancy through to the return-to-work phase.
Scroll down to sign up to be part of our pilot phase, and best support your employees through the perinatal period. You can read more about our consultation process, and digital landscape analysis here.
46% of small business owners reported anxiety and depression as a result of running their own business in 2021, with 26 per cent ranking mental health as an ‘immediate’ concern.
We’re still working on this pilot uniquely designed for small businesses, and we need your help evaluating the effectiveness of our resources. Register now to be part of our pilot team, and have your say on behalf of Australian small businesses and parents in small business.
Special Thanks to our Partners
We’d like to acknowledge the contribution of these wonderful organisations committing to making a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of expectant and new parents in Australian small business.
This project is being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program.