Consult Australia’s ‘Mental Health Knowledge Hub’

Consult Australia’s ‘Mental Health Knowledge Hub’ is a one-stop shop for resources to help member businesses to create mentally healthy workplaces. The benefits of mentally healthy workplaces are significant – employees feel more empowered to perform at a high-level and comfortably balance work into a healthy life, and thriving organisations can drive the performance of a workplace to deliver a competitive edge.

Resources in this knowledge hub include materials developed by Consult Australia for our sector, and links to best practice material developed by non-government organisations, government agencies and other organisations.



NewAccess for Small Business Owners

Running a business can be very stressful, especially under extreme circumstances such as floods, fires, droughts, and a pandemic.

With this in mind, Beyond Blue have established NewAccess for Small Business Owners - a mental health initiative that provides small business owners with confidential and free low intensity early intervention mental health support.

The initiative is tailored to meet the needs of small business owners in the sense that it is;

  • relevant – the mental health coaches have a lived experience of operating a small business,
  • accessible - the coaching is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm AEST online or via telephone, and no referral or mental health care plan is needed, and
  • practical - the initiative provides access to six structured sessions, and introduces pragmatic tools and techniques that can be implemented in day-to-day living.

To enquire about NewAccess for Small Business Owners contact 1300 945 301, email or visit:

Consult Australia encourages our members to share this great initiative across their engagement channels to help spread awareness of this service.


Blog by Gerry Doyle (Tonkin)

Consult Australia's President, and mental health ambassador, Gerry Doyle, put together a guest blog for the South Australian Mental Health Commission in late 2018.  Gerry's blog, which featured alongside input from other guests such as Julia Gillard and SA's Health Minister, shared his personal story and how he manages his mental health. Read Gerry's blog here.
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Blog by Mal Brown (Northrop)

One of our mental health ambassadors, Mal Brown (Principal at Northrop), recently shared his story about being a leader dealing with stress and anxiety. Mal also shares his thoughts on some of the current challenges with COVID-19, and shares his tips for others in these testing times. Read Mal's blog here.


Department of Health (Federal)

Looking after your mental health during restrictions

The impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. Read about what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing and look out for those around you as we tackle these challenges together. Link here.



How mindfulness can help during the COVID-19 outbreak

In this article, provided by Smiling Mind, Beyond Blue looks at how mindfulness can help during the coronavirus outbreak. Link here.

Beyond Blue also have a range of resources in their COVID-19 Mental Wellbring Support Service. Link here.


RUOK? Foundation

Staying connected is more important than ever

Knowing how to recognise signs that a colleague may be struggling is critical in the current environment, particularly with the uptake of remote working.  The RUOK? Foundation has prepared an article to provide tips on how to pick these signs. Link here.

Our Mental Health Working Group has been developing a series of member guides to support our membership and its employees with a range of related mental health concerns, including those that have arisen from COVID-19. Member guides currently available include: 

  • Workplace wellbeing support plans
  • Mental health surveys
  • Top five tips for SMEs
  • Supporting mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
  • The link between physical health and mental health
  • Identifying a colleague who may be struggling in a remote work environment
  • Remote working tips
  • Domestic and family violence
  • WHS advice in response to COVID-19

These guides are all available as part of our range of Business Guides and Client Briefings (members only).

Quick facts
Source: Beyond Blue - State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia report
of employees believe mental health in the workplace is important
of employees believe their workplace is ‘mentally healthy’
$11 billion
approximate cost of untreated mental health conditions to workplaces

Useful links

Heads up – Developed by Beyond Blue and supported by the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Alliance, Heads Up provides individuals and businesses tools to creating mentally healthy workplaces.  These tools include personal stories and case studies, training and online programmes, webinars, and the latest statistics and research.

Beyond Blue – Works to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, reduce the stigma surrounding these issues, and to encourage people to seek support when they need it.  Beyond Blue promotes good mental health across a range of population groups and places in which people live, learn work and play through strong partnerships with academics, governments, NGOs, the corporate sector, service providers, and the community.

Black Dog Institute – A research organisation that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness, and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible.  The Black Dog Institute are focused on creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness.

Safe Work Australia – An Australian Government statutory agency with the primary role of developing policies to improve work health and safety arrangements across Australia.  The organisation is responsible for coordinating and developing national policy and strategies, undertaking research and developing model work health and safety laws for implementation by states and territories.


More information

For more information about our advocacy work on mental health, please contact Consult Australia Policy Lead (People and Pipeline), James Robertson at