Mental health is a business-critical issue for the public relations industry.
Our annual State of the Profession report (2019) revealed that 21% of public relations practitioners live with, or have previously lived with, a diagnosed mental health condition reflecting national data. Over half of those respondents said their work contributes highly to their diagnosis.
Around a quarter (23%) of PR professionals say they have taken sickness absence from work on the grounds of stress, anxiety or depression. This is an issue that has far reaching consequences for employees and businesses. Organisations have a responsibility to take steps to protect the wellbeing of all their staff.
CIPR mental health initiatives
- CIPR 'Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing' skills guide (PDF) August 2019
- CIPR 'Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing' webinar August 2019
- CIPR launches #InfluenceTakes10 May, 2019
- #CIPRChat on Mental Health May, 2019
- CIPR breathing exercise video May 2019
Resources for organisations
- ‘How to Support Staff Who Are Experiencing a Mental health Problem’ – Mind
- ‘People Managers’ Guide to Mental Health’ - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with Mind
- ‘Managing Staff Experiencing Mental Ill Health’ - ACAS
- ‘Promoting positive mental health in the workplace’ - ACAS
- ‘Taking Care of Your Staff’ – Mind
- ‘Mental health for Employers Toolkit’ - Business in the Community
- ‘Mental Health Factsheet for SMEs’ – Institute of Directors
Resources for individuals
- ‘Looking After Your Mental Health’ - Mental Health Foundation
- ‘Taking care of Yourself’ – Mind
- ‘Support for Employees’ – Time to Change
- ‘Tips and Advice to Boost Mental Health’ – NHS
For more information on mental health and public relations, please contact Jon Gerlis.