Startup Success Series: Founder Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focussing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so following each webinar you can access further resources in our Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

Success doesn’t come without its challenges. Burnout and mental health issues are a key challenge in the startup space. Founders feel the pressure working in a quick growth environment, with more than 70 per cent of entrepreneurs reporting mental health concerns.

This article summarises resources and programs that are designed to support founders in managing their mental health and wellbeing.

Virtual Event Recording

About: Startup Victoria CEO Judy Anderson sat down with Alex Zaccaria, Co-founder of Linktree and Bolster to discuss burnout, mental health and wellbeing for founders. Alex is very open about his own experience with the pressures of a quick growth environment.


  • 2:47 – Alex Zaccaria introduction
  • 7:39 – Mindset and wellbeing in the early days
  • 19:37 – Alex’s new mindset towards mental health and wellbeing
  • 28:55 – How Alex’s new mindset affected his life and his company’s success
  • 32:04 – Alex’s practices and tools to manage his wellbeing
  • 38:54 – Q&A

Head to Health

About: Provided by the Australian Department of Health, Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.

More information can be found here.

Smiling Mind – Thrive Inside Program

About: Thrive Inside is a special initiative to help you stay calm and healthy in the physical constraints of your home,  while remaining calm and healthy inside your mind.

More information can be found here.

Beyond Blue

COVID-19 Resources: Advice on managing your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including during self-isolation. There is a list of resources, fact sheets and more.

More information can be found here.

Online Forum: An online peer to peer community to share your personal experiences with others. Forum membership is open to anyone residing in Australia. There are forums on a diverse range of topics, including anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues amongst many others.

More information can be found here.

Anxiety and Depression Checklist: A simple checklist aimed at measuring whether you may have been affected by depression and anxiety during the past four weeks. Answers and results are confidential and Beyond Blue don’t store any of your information. After taking the test, you can print the results for your records or give to your GP.

More information can be found here.

Suicide Prevention: Beyond Blue provide information to people at risk of suicide or who have attempted to take their life with support options, and give practical advice for people worried about someone they think might be suicidal on how to help.

More information can be found here.

The Australian Psychological Society

About: Psychologists offer advice for maintaining positive mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. The article provides advice to parents and caregivers navigating the situation.

More information can be found here.

National Health Services Directory

About: The National Health Services Directory is an Australian government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice. The directory can help you find a health professional near you for specific advice and assistance.

More information can be found here.

Support services that operate 24 hours/7 days a week:


If there are further resources and programs on this topic that may be helpful for founders, please contact us and we will update this page.