2019 Small Business Wellbeing Report

Commissioned by Xero and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

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We know there’s a growing need for mental health support in small business New Zealand.

To understand exactly where the gaps are and what support is required, Xero and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand have commissioned a research report exploring the mental wellbeing of small business owners and their employees.


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This report provides insight into the current attitudes towards wellbeing amongst small business owners and the key stressors many small businesses face. The report also includes advice on how leaders can manage staff wellbeing and provide a positive work environment.

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Xero and Mental Health Foundation NZ

About Xero

Xero is proud to support small businesses doing great things. Our belief is that small business makes the world go around. So we do everything we can to champion the people behind them. Born in the cloud, ​Xero​ is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 1.8 million subscribers in more than 180 countries and a thriving ecosystem, seamlessly integrating with more than 800 apps.

About The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

It’s work is diverse and ever evolving. They support workplaces and schools to create safe, inclusive environments where mental health is part of the everyday conversation. They also provide free suicide prevention resources, deliver national wellbeing campaigns, advocate for appropriate, timely and culturally-responsive mental health services and more.

Where to get help

Business resources to build your wellbeing plan


A free online tool for small-medium sized workplaces, including a step-by-step guide for changing your workplace environment and culture. 

A website providing practical tools, ideas and resources to build wellbeing in your workplace. Developed by the Health Promotion Agency.

Mental Health Foundation
Provides access to a wealth of information about workplace wellbeing and general mental health.

Provides free resources, mentoring, networking opportunities and accreditation to support workplaces to ‘work better through wellbeing’.

WorkSafe New Zealand 
New Zealand’s work health and safety regulator provides a wide range of information and guidance about health & safety in the workplace.

Employer Advice Line
Phone 0800 805 405 (8am – 6pm weekdays)
Free advice for employers and managers about how to support team members with a disability or health condition, including mental health.


Getting personal support

Just a Thought
Just a Thought is a free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tool, specially designed for New Zealand people. Easy to use, online courses, provide New Zealanders with valuable skills and CBT techniques to support the different challenges we can face with our mental health.

Mental Health Foundation
Learn how to stay well and get the support you need. 

Government healthlines
Phone Healthline – 0800 611 116
Help from a registered nurse 24/7
Need to talk? Text or call 1737

Xero Assistance Programme (XAP)
For Xero starter, standard or premium subscribers, a free and 100% confidential wellbeing support for anything from work, financial or family challenges to depression, drug & alcohol or social problems. For more information email xap@xero.com.