Your mental health is important, so it’s good to learn how to recognise warning signs or ‘red flags’ that may suggest you need to reach out for support. Common warning signs include:
- finding it hard to concentrate;
- avoiding necessary day-to-day tasks and obligations;
- feeling irritable, stressed or teary;
- constantly thinking of work, even during personal time;
- being unable to sleep;
- disconnecting from friends and family; and
- changing eating and/or drinking habits.
If you're having difficulty paying your tax or meeting your tax and super obligations contact The Australian Taxation office (ATO) as early as possible. Support is available such as tailored payment plans, lodgement and payment deferrals.
There are many organisations that can provide information and support to help you with your mental health and wellbeing.
HEAD TO HEALTH - links to government funded services and information that is either low cost or free. It contains hundreds of useful websites, apps, online programs and community forums, as well as phone, chat and email services.
BEYOND BLUE – learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with their support service.
LIFELINE AUSTRALIA – a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour support and suicide prevention services.
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE - provides free national telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
HEADS UP – a Beyond Blue and Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance initiative that provides business owners with free tools and resources to look after their mental health at work and achieve a mentally healthy workplace.
BUSINESS IN MIND – a program developed by the University of Tasmania focusing on mental health especially tailored to small and medium business owners.
MATES IN CONSTRUCTION – a charitable organisation focused on reducing the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.
AHEAD FOR BUSINESS – a website and app with information, programs and interventions to support small business owners with their mental health and wellbeing.