Newsletter - Mental Wellbeing & Business Support Package

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03 June

Mental Wellbeing

 

While we expected it, the news that Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended for another seven days, impacts in various ways and people may experience a range of emotions and concerns. Lockdown is a difficult time to look after our self-care, but when we add home schooling, job insecurity, welfare of family and friends, it can feel overwhelming.

 

In these times and indeed at any time, the priority is to take care of our mental health and wellbeing. What is mental wellbeing? The World Health Organisation defines mental wellbeing as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his/her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his/her community.”

 

Some things we can do to enhance our mental wellbeing are:

 

  • Maintaining a routine – may act as an anchor and reduce stress
  • Staying connected to friends and family – may provide us with happiness and support
  • Maintaining an exercise regime – may boost our mood.

 

Recall what you did during previous lockdowns to enhance your mental wellbeing; re-start those activities or continue them.

 

Beyond Blue (www.beyondblue.org.au) and Lifeline (www.lifeline.org.au) provide excellent support services. 

 

Victorian Business Support Package-Government Circuit Breaker

 

On 30 May 2021, the Victorian Government announced a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June.

 

On 2 June 2021, they announced a further allocation of up to $209.3 million will flow to small and medium-sized businesses, taking the total support package to $460 million.

 

The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders.

 

  • A second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program
  • A new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund
  • Targeted support for the events industry 

 

Business Costs Assistance Program-Round 2

 

The Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of up to $5,000 (increased from $2,500) for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers.

 

  • Businesses affected by restrictions for only one week will be eligible for the $2,500 grant.
  • Businesses affected by restrictions for two weeks will be eligible for the $5,000 grant.

 

Applications open- Thursday 3 June 2021 and will remain open for 3 weeks. 

 

 

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

 

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a grant of up to $7,000 (increased from $3,500) per premises.

 

  • Businesses affected by restrictions for only one week will be eligible for the $3,500 grant.
  • Businesses affected by restrictions for two weeks will be eligible for the $7,000 grant.

 

Applications open- Thursday 3 June 2021 and will remain open for 3 weeks. 

 

 

Victorian Events Support Package

 

This package is dedicated to support operators in the events industry that have incurred losses due to the circuit breaker restrictions.

 

More information on this package to be available shortly.

 

Quick snapshot of the support packages available above: 

 

 

Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au and will be notified when applications open. 

 

knPeople – The Push Up Challenge

 

From June 1, knp will be involved in ‘The Push Up Challenge’. The challenge strives to raise awareness for mental health, who’s motto is, “get fit, have fun and learn about mental health.”

 

It is vital that we, as a society, become more educated on what Mental health is and how we can help each other to become more cognitively, emotionally, and socially healthy.

 

The knp Solutions Push Up team will be performing a number of push ups each day for the first 25 days of June. In previous years, donations to the cause have created several beneficial approaches such as:

 

  • Developing and implementing a clear framework and specific resources for better family and friends’ integration in headspace centres in Australia
  • Creating psychoeducation sessions, helping family and friends of young people understand what their young person (with mental health issues) is going through
  • Publishing new website resources which provide help and support to family and friends 

 

If you would like to donate to the knp team page, please use the link below. 

 

The Push-Up Challenge (thepushupchallenge.com.au)

 

You can also follow our progress on our LinkedIn and Instagram pages!