Mental Health Awareness - How to pick yourself and dust yourself off in the bad times

| Tuesday October 1

Small Biz Matters – a half hour program each week where you can work ON your business rather than IN it.
with Alexi Boyd from Boyd Office Management Services
Date: 1 October 2019

Small business can be an incredible ride: exhilarating, rewarding, fulfilling, exhausting, challenging, and sometimes depressing. How do you ride the highs and lows without completely burning out?

October is both Small Business and Mental Health month and today we’re combining both of these to bring you a very special program to give you, the small business owner, some strategies and support when you’re going through tough times.

In the studio we welcome Tim Hoopmann, Founder of Spinn Business Solutions & Beyond Blue Speaker & Patrice O’Brien, General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement for Beyond Blue. They are going to share where you can get help and what to do if you’re in a position to help other small business owners.

There are some great resources produced by the team at Beyond Blue and Tim, our regular guest on mental health for small business will share his own experiences and how he’s supported others.

Welcome to the show Tim & Patrice.

Topics we’ll be covering:

  • Why is Beyond Blue looking to support mental health for small business?
    • Info about broadly why Beyond Blue feels this is an aspect of mental health which needs attention
  • Why are small business owners developing a high level of psychological distress?
    • The current pressures of being a small business owner in Australia currently
    • What are the trends behind this and why is it rising?
  • Why target small business advisors?
    • What are some of the signs advisers should look out for?
    • What are some things business advisors can do?
  • What are some things small business owners can do to improve their mental health?
    • What are the signs you might be under stress - at home or at work
    • Tips on how you can know learn and understand your triggers
    • How to seek help and where to go (leading into the below point)
  • Tell us about the Beyond Blu e's Free Mental Health Guide for Small Business Advisors
    • About the Small Business Campaign

How to use it as an advisor

To find out more go to their website:

Also see Ahead for Business -  This is a great website/app which has been developed by a NSW mental health organisation called Everymind.  It is a great complement to the new Beyond Blue guide for advisors


Tim Hoopmann – Founder of Spinn Business Solutions                                                  

Tim Hoopmann has owned and operated a bookkeeping practice specialising in cloud services for over 10 years. He transformed his business from a desktop and paper based practice to a cloud bookkeeping practice, 100% online and paperless with streamlined and automated processes.                                                             

Tim utilised technology to change the way he serviced his customers by moving them online and streamlining their bookkeeping and finance. Showing them how to take back control and sit in the drivers seat of their business thus allowing them the freedom to focus on key revenue generating areas of their business instead of being buried in day to day processes.                                       

Tim is passionate about helping businesses make the transition to being fully automated and cloud based though enabling the power of todays technology. This will allow for greater freedom and the ability to enjoy a powerful work/life balance.

Tim is a speaker for beyondblue helping to increase the community’s understanding about mental health. He knows the importance of mentally healthy workplaces and shares his experience in how to create an environment that values mental health.

Patrice O’Brien, General Manager Workplace, Partnerships and Engagement

The General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement is the executive leader of both beyondblue's Workplace program and Partnerships & Community Engagement program. The Workplace program aims to create mentally healthy workplaces across Australia by reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving business leaders' capacity to create mentally healthy workplaces and providing information and resources to managers and frontline employees. The beyondblue Partnerships and Community Engagement Program focuses on promoting mental health in the Australian community through beyondblue’s corporate and community partners, events, and through beyondblue’s ambassadors, speakers and volunteers.