Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Last year on this day, I reflected on how Xero is supporting our staff and our communities. But it’s safe to say things feel a little different this year. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only had a devastating impact on the health and lives of millions of people around the world, its economic impact has caused financial upheaval and redefined the way businesses operate. According to The United Nations Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, May 2020, while primarily a physical health crisis, this brief points to the mental health crisis emerging if it is not addressed urgently in severely impacted societies.

It’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health. And at Xero, we take our responsibility as an employer, and as a purpose-led organisation within our wider community seriously. Some of the ways

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on ourselves, our colleagues and open up the conversation around mental health. Here at Xero, it’s part of our culture to support each other. We have a collective responsibility and this is our opportunity to step up – not to solve the problem, but to help.

2020 has been a year unlike anything we could have imagined or prepared for, and it’s not over yet. As we head into the final few months of the year, it’s important for us all to take stock of our mental health. 

Businesses are beginning to understand the importance of mental health and are starting to place more emphasis on employee wellbeing. It’s not only individuals and company culture that benefit from an increased focus on wellbeing, it can also have a direct impact on the bottom line.

Business is not just