Date posted: 16/10/2018 1 min read

Mental health guide for New Zealand CAs launched

Chartered Accountants ANZ has launched a mental health guide for members in New Zealand.

In brief

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has launched a mental health guide for Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.
  • The guide was created in collaboration with Counties Manukau Health amd Mental Health First Aid Australia.
  • The guide is available for download on the website.

To mark this month’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has launched a mental health guide specifically for Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.  

Created by Counties Manukau Health and Mental Health First Aid Australia, the guide is designed to help members support colleagues or clients who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis.

The guide addresses the link between mental health problems and financial difficulty, the impact of stigma, how to support clients and communication tips. It also has New Zealand specific guidelines and contacts to utilise to seek help.

Chair of the Public Practice Advisory Committee and Partner at BDO New Zealand, Michael Rondel said the guide was a great tool for New Zealand members.

“It is great to have a resource that members can use to identify and really assist clients with mental health issues,” he said.

“Being an accountant in public practice, at times means that you are a counsellor for people in business.

“Accountants are relationship based people and so clients are often very open with their circumstances. Accountants sometimes see things in client behaviours that are out of character and having tools to address that is very important.

“Accountants are often dealing with people in times of stress, like when they are purchasing or selling a business and regardless of whether it is successful or not going so well, it is a time of stress.”

Mr Rondel said the new guide would be particularly useful for small or sole practitioners and would help raise awareness about mental health.

“It is a really useful tool for all Accountants, but particularly for small or sole practitioners because in bigger accounting organisations there are other Partners and senior staff who you can talk to who might also be dealing with that client and can assist with the issues. In small or sole practices, often you are the only person dealing with that client and the issues they face.

“Very importantly, it increases awareness of mental health challenges in general, because accountants are often dealing with stressful conditions and can be susceptible to pressure and anxiety.

“It is an issue across our membership and across society, so it is important as a member based organization to recognise that for both members and clients.”

The new guide for Chartered Accountants will join existing resources available to New Zealand members on the website.

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