14 Feb 2022

The Victorian Government is boosting the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners and employees by providing free access to an online support tool.

Supported by the Black Dog Institute and the University of NSW, Mindarma is an evidence-based online education program that is proven to enhance resilience and protect mental health, which has been developed by leading researchers.

Through 10 short, interactive sessions accessible on computer, tablet, or smartphone, users learn mindfulness and other cognitive skills to help deal with work and everyday challenges, including ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sally Wallace, from Melbourne’s Rome2Rio travel search engine, recognised that their staff needed additional wellbeing support during the pandemic. Mindarma tailored a program specifically for their 40 staff members that delivered evidence-based learning with an emphasis on resilience, practical skills and mindfulness strategies.

This program forms part of the Victorian Government’s $26 million commitment to providing timely and needs based support through the Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Businesses Initiative, announced in August 2020.

Other key elements of this initiative include the Partners in Wellbeing helpline, a free and confidential service that provides support for small business owners and employees with wellbeing coaching, financial counselling and business advisory services, available seven days a week on 1300 375 330 and small business edition of the WorkSafe WorkWell Toolkit, supporting small business owners and sole traders to create mentally healthy workplaces with step-by-step advice and practical resources.

Victorian small businesses can register for free access to Mindarma until 30 June 2022.

For information on this and other wellbeing resources, visit the Workplace wellbeing hub on our website.