‘It’s ok to seek support’: Message for small business owners – Australia News

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THE last 12 months have been tough for Troy Schoenfisch, yet despite personal heartbreak and a battle with mental health, he’s managed to turn the experience into something positive.

The Ipswich born and bred former accountant lost everything last year when his marriage broke down and he was left with nothing.

Despite the odds, Troy decided to channel his despair into something good and opened up his own book keeping business which predominantly supports start-ups and small business owners.

He was also recently chosen as one of the Queensland faces for Beyond Blue’s mental health campaign, Heads Up and said it was important small business owners and people in general ask for help if they needed it.

“I was still working full-time in September last year when I left to look after my wife who had multiple sclerosis which progressed really rapidly,” Mr Schoenfisch said.

“We ended the marriage and I had no job, nowhere to live, no income or wife and I just had no idea what to do.

“I know my mental health triggers, so when I set up my book keeping business I knew that keeping busy was a good thing and working around other people was also important because isolation is another big trigger of mine.

“I also know when I need to slow down and take a few days off and I actually schedule that into my routine now.”

Troy said he had suffered from anxiety and depression since he was a teenager, so the stress created as a result of his circumstances meant his mental health issues came back with a vengeance.

“I’ve had anxiety and depression pretty severely since I was 14, so during the break up and the last few months of 2016 I was spending a lot of time…

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