Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers, TV host & author

THE PROGRAM

For many business owners the COVID pandemic has been tough. Many, you included, may have felt overwhelmed by it all. Like everyone you were probably doing your best to keep up with and adapt to the ever changing lock down rules; get your head around the endless reems of paperwork required to apply for the grants and financial supports needed to keep your business going, navigate a sudden shift to remote and flexible working arrangements. Alternatively your business may have been one of those whose workload skyrocketed to eye wateringly excessive levels seemingly overnight. 

The past year has been one of uncertainty, and many business owners have had to wrestle with competing worries around their own, and their loved one’s health along with protecting their livelihoods.

The Partners in Wellbeing Program is a new program being delivered in partnership with the State Government, and the community services organisation, EACH, to help address the wellbeing needs of business owners in the wake of the pandemic. The program has been developed to acknowledge the specific challenges that business owners have been faced with and the impact these may have had on your own wellbeing, that of your staff and/or your family.

If you, your staff or your family members have been feeling stressed, run-down, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, been struggling with sleep, withdrawing from loved ones and friends or been more irritable or moody than usual, it is completely understandable. If you are finding that these feelings are lingering, seem especially strong or difficult to let go of, it may be an indication that some additional support is needed.

THE MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAN/ CONSULTANT

Tenille Clark is our new Mental Health Clinician/Consultant based at the Geelong Chamber of Commerce. She is an experienced counsellor who has previously worked in the job services industry and alongside businesses and individuals as a psychological injury specialist at a workcover agent.

Both Tenille's partner and parents are Geelong-based business owners and managers so she is well placed to understand where you are coming from. She is able to support you, your staff or your family members to discuss and map out the ways you might be able to address your worries and concerns. These concerns may include what you have and are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tenille is around to chat one on one, to provide referrals to other services within the partners in wellbeing program, such as free business advisory services, financial counselling and wellbeing coaching, or help in accessing appropriate ongoing support within the local community. 

To get in touch with Tenille, you can email her at tenille.clark@geelongchamber.com.au, call her on 0400 729 618 Monday - Thursday 9-5pm or book in a session through the button above. All wellbeing sessions are confidential.

You can choose to have your wellbeing session via phone, Zoom video call or face-to-face in a confidential space at the Geelong Chamber (COVID safetly rules apply).  

We welcome Tenille to our team at the Geelong Chamber and encourage all business owners to make use of the program.

Tenille will also be producing content for our social media channels in the form of weekly tips to support day to day wellbeing at work, and delivering topical webinars, so keep an eye out for these over the next couple of months.

In partnership with:

         Partners in Wellbeing