Mental Health for Founders program

Are you a Queensland-based founder needing some extra support for your wellbeing?

What a year 2020 has been for founders! One day we’re shaking hands, the next we’re jumping on Zoom calls for team meetings. Life is different and COVID-19 has left many founders exhausted, dealing with shifting priorities, business pivots and ongoing uncertainty.

It’s important for founders to address this uncertainty and potential anxiety and focus on our mental health as it directly affects, not only our business and livelihood, but also our personal life. Being healthy mentally can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities, which is vital as we navigate a new and different COVID-19 world.

What’s offered?

Advance Queensland, in conjunction with River City Labs, is offering free mental health consultations, delivered through CleverMinds Consulting.

These confidential consultations are exclusive to all Queensland-based founders.

Make the most of this opportunity to meet with an objective healthcare professional, unpack and reflect on what you have been through this year, where you are going, and source tools to help you keep going on your startup journey.

Independent, confidential counselling is available to help with issues including:

  • work-related stress
  • dealing with change
  • family and relationships
  • personal conflict
  • financial stress
  • depression and anxiety
  • diagnosis support.

How is the service delivered?

You will have the choice of in-person or virtual/online consultations during the hours of 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

  • In-person Brisbane: Mondays and Tuesdays in a private space at The Precinct, Fortitude Valley; or Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at CleverMinds Consulting private practice in Everton Hills.
  • Virtual/online: Monday to Friday within working hours, via Zoom.

Book an appointment

If emotional or mental health issues are disrupting your life, it’s important to seek support for your wellbeing.

Visit the CleverMinds Consulting website and use the password provided below to book an appointment:

  • Password: Founders_Health

Participant feedback

In August 2020, Advance Queensland, along with River City Labs and CleverMinds Consulting piloted the first Mental Health for Founders program targeted exclusively to founders based in The Precinct, regional Queensland and River City Labs.

95% of participants surveyed said they highly valued this service. Based on the success of this pilot the program has now been extended to all Queensland-based founders.


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