Wellbeing in Rural Small Business
Small businesses account for almost 98% of all actively trading NSW businesses (NSW Government, 2019), with 30% of those being located in regional NSW. 72% of small businesses owners are aged over 40 years (NSW Government, 2019). 67% of small business owners are male (NSW Government, 2019). What this might mean for mental health and wellbeing within small business is largely an unknown factor given that research and programs specifically targeted towards small business mental health are limited. There is even less research and programs looking specifically to rural, regional and remote contexts.
The CRRMH, through RAMHP and our research, works to promote and support good mental health in rural NSW small business. We recognise that good mental health for business owners and employees is also key to successful businesses. Working closely with rural communities and our valued partners, we understand profoundly the challenging contexts of drought, flood, bush fire and now COVID-19, since we live in the communities we serve.
CRRMH researcher, Dr. Kris Gottschall is the Project Lead for CRRMH, conducting research in the rural sites for the CRRMH in partnership with Everymind. The aim will be to recruit and support small business owners and those who work in small business in the Central West of NSW. We are particularly keen to learn more about the mental health needs of rural small business.
If you would like to tell us your rural small business story, click here
Your story will inform our research, but it could also help other people in small business…
For more information about the Wellbeing in Rural Small Business & Ahead for Business projects please contact:
Dr Kris Gottschall
(02) 6363 8438