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Small Business Research

Mental health and wellbeing in rural small business


Drought, bushfires, COVID-19. This year has thrown a number of challenges at small business owners in rural NSW.

We know that small business owners face financial pressures, long hours, and a delicate work-life balance. For rural people, these stressors are compounded by drought, bushfire, floods and other adversities. How these factors combine to affect mental health and wellbeing is largely unknown.

This is why we are working with Everymind to add a rural perspective to their Ahead for Business project.


Our research study


The study aims to better understand the wellbeing needs of small business owners by asking questions about your mental health, wellbeing and support networks.

This information will be used by us and Everymind to develop support and resources that are tailored to the rural small business community.

Invitations to participate in our research have NOW CLOSED.

We want to thank all those local Central West small business people who participated and shared their stories with us. A preliminary research report will soon be available. Please keep an eye out on our resource page.


While you are waiting for our report, perhaps you would like to sign up for some free online small businesses training?

Our Ahead for Business project partners at Everymind, are now recruiting small business owners to take part in their small business training program. The training aims to enhance an individual’s capacity and confidence in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within small business.

The program will deliver a variety of activities, case studies, information sheets and videos which explore key topic areas of mental health, wellbeing, coping with stress, help-seeking strategies and action planning. There will be four, 10-15 minute modules to complete each containing practical tips and tools, and reflective questions.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please visit this link to register:





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