Are you a small business owner or sole trader who’s struggling right now?
We understand many tax practitioners are battling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and that running a small business can be stressful. Having to juggle competing priorities, working long hours, social isolation, cash flow issues and the competing demands of work and home life can leave around a third of small business owners feeling high levels of distress.
Beyond Blue’s NewAccess for Small Business Owners (NASBO) program is available for small business owners who may be struggling with their mental health. NASBO is available nationally via Telehealth and employs coaches with a small business background to ensure they have a better understanding of the challenges a small business owner may face. Over six sessions your coach will guide you through a tailored, personal program. We encourage small business owners to utilise this free, confidential mental health coaching program to support and improve their mental wellbeing.
Given the program is specific for business owners, Beyond Blue’s NASBO will count towards your continuing professional education (CPE) under the current relaxation of our CPE requirements. However, the amount of CPE you can claim is capped at 10% of your overall CPE requirement. For example: if the program is 20 hours, you can claim 9 hours of CPE if you are a tax agent, 4.5 hours if you are a BAS agent or 6 hours if you are a tax (financial) adviser.
In addition, we have implemented a number of other COVID-19 concessions to assist you. We also encourage you to register for our Taking Care of Business: Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar which will be hosted during Mental Health Month on 20 October.
To find out more about NASBO or to enquire today visit beyondblue.org.au/newaccess-SBO.
Where to get help
Further help is available 24/7 with many government-funded mental health counselling services available. If you or your staff are experiencing any sort of distress, we recommend you get in touch with:
- Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support service
- Head to Health – the Government’s digital mental health gateway.
- Mental health and wellbeing support for business.
Last modified: 10 August 2021