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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, and 67% are male.

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.

We are excited to announce that the CRRMH will be Everymind‘s rural partner in a $3.1 million project Ahead for Business to support the mental health of people who own or work in small business.

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 participate in our Wellbeing in Rural Small Business research study, click here for more information.


We have compiled a suite of resources to help small business owners take action on their mental health and wellbeing. This collection of resources feature real stories from small business owners across NSW.


For more information about the Wellbeing in Rural Small Business & Ahead for Business projects please contact:

Dr Kris Gottschall
Research Associate
(02) 6363 8438



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