Mental health support for Tasmania’s tourism businesses

first_imgMental health support for Tasmania’s tourism businesses Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and EventsThe mental health of Tasmania’s tourism businesses is the focus of a new $100,000 support package.The program has been developed in recognition of the financial and mental impact of COVID-19 on the State’s small businesses and their employees.The past 12 months has been extremely challenging for small tourism businesses across Tasmania as they’ve rapidly responded to huge changes due to COVID-19, and then adapted to a ‘new normal’.As part of the recently announced $20 million COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Assistance Package, $1 million will go towards mental health support for Tasmanian small businesses in recognition of the financial and mental health impact on them and their employees.Tasmania’s tourism businesses will receive $100,000 through the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT) which will deliver the year-long mental health support package.As part of the program, Tasmanian Lifeline will deliver tailored counselling services and mental health training programs which will include a series of wellbeing and resilience workshops hosted by Dr Melanie Irons, and featuring Tasmanian tourism champion Bianca Welsh and Mitch MacPherson from Stay ChatTY. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, business, council, covid-19, Employees, Government, Impact, industry, mental, mental health, Minister, resilience, Small Business, sustainability, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, tourism, wellbeinglast_img read more