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Rural Business Support has up to date information on grants and funding assistance that rural business owners in financial hardship may be able to apply for, as well other professional services and support to help with managing health and wellbeing.
Sometimes life in rural and regional Australia deals unique challenges that can feel impossible to overcome on your own.
Beyond Blue’s Money and Mental Health Social Research Report released in August 2022 identified that “people experiencing financial challenges are at least twice as likely to encounter mental health issues than those who aren’t, and vice versa.”
That’s not to say that everyone with financial troubles will develop mental health and wellbeing issues, but you might find yourself ‘languishing’. That is, not getting the most out of life, experiencing decision paralysis, feeling a bit ‘blah’, not able to concentrate and disengaging socially. And there are always those worries that keep you up at night.
At Rural Business Support, we know that access to practical mental health and wellbeing support is critical to many of our clients.
That’s why we’ve backed 2022 Farmer of the Year: Excellence in Agricultural Research Awards and National LiFE Award for Innovation from Suicide Prevention Australia Winner, Dr Kate Gunn and ifarmwell as an online resource to grow farmers’ wellbeing.
While ifarmwell is a ‘farmerised’ mental health program, developed by Australian Farmers for Australian farmers, our Small Business Financial Counselling clients have found it beneficial as well. The program uses the same language that most rural folk do, and it builds on strengths, beliefs and preferences, so that health and wellbeing strategies are meaningful and more likely to be adopted in the real world.
CLICK HERE to learn how Business Financial Counsellor Libby Baldock uses ifarmwell to support her rural business clients.
Working with a business financial counsellor to take control of your business finances is a big step towards managing day-to-day, making informed business decisions, and planning with confidence for the future.
If you feel stuck, and you think you might need to talk to someone, please pick up the phone.
It’s what these services are here for – to help
|Mental Health Triage
|13 14 65
|Crisis Care (4pm – 9am)
|13 16 11
|Mental Health Services
|13 11 14
|Alcohol & Drug Information Service
|1300 131 340
|1800 022 222
|1300 364 277
|Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
|1800 819 089
|1800 985 944
|Suicide Call Back Service
|1300 659 467
|1300 224 636
|1300 789 978
|Women’s Information Service
|1800 188 158
|1800 551 800
|1800 858 858
|1800 187 263