Thursday, January 18, 2024
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
A new article series in partnership with the Whitsundays Chamber of Commerce and Industry, showcasing the diverse businesses in our community.
Ellen Farquhar started Cannonvale-based Your Mind Reset in 2023, delivering Mental Health First Aid training and Tuning in to Teens program for parents.
"I am passionate about fostering well-being and resilience in individuals and communities," said Ellen, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Psychology and Diploma of Counselling.
It has been reported 43 per cent Australians aged 16 - 85 encountered a mental disorder at least once in their lives, with 21 per cent experiencing a disorder within the past year.
Work-related stress affects 32 per cent Australians impacting sickness, absenteeism, and capacity. Accredited Mental Health First Aid training has been instrumental in cultivating mentally healthy workplaces.
Mental health issues among school-aged children is also on the rise.
"I engage with parents who grapple with the best approach to support a child displaying signs of mental illness, offering education and support to help navigate these complex situations," said Ellen, mother of four school-aged boys.
Ellen also volunteers, facilitating programs for CORES (Community Response to Eliminating Suicide) Australia.
As a Whitsundays business owner, Ellen offers these tips to other businesses:
"Prioritise your community and support other local businesses, including your competitors.
"Be authentic. Be you. Regularly revisit your 'why' and reconnect with that fire in your belly so you remember who you are and why you are in business.
"Know your target customer. If you try to help everyone, you will end up helping no one."
As a Chamber member, Ellen has found the support, connections, and opportunities outstanding. She participated in the 2023 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship program delivered in partnership by TAFE Queensland, the Chamber, and Whitsunday Regional Council.