As part of our #WorldMentalHealthDay work, we highlight a blog written by a communications practitioner on her experience of how organisations deal with mental health issues. It has been posted by Stephen Waddington.
The 2018 State of the Profession research recently revealed around one in six (16%) PR professionals live with a mental health condition – an increase of 10% on the previous year’s figure.

Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President

Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President said: “The increase of practitioners reporting a mental health condition is a reminder for us all that PR is a very demanding business – employee wellbeing and people-first strategies must always be prioritised.”
She added: “Public relations is a challenging business so it’s important that organisations recognise their duty of care to employees, and employees themselves are proactive in managing their mental health. Conversations in the workplace are critical to this and removing any stigma.
“Our goal as an industry should be to reach a point where mental wellbeing is seen as important as good physical health but we have still some way to go in achieving that.”

The CIPR Local Public Services produced a report in 2015 which highlighted the need for support and organisations to build-in greater resilience for communications practitioners often continuously dealing with difficult issues, high demands and major shortages in resources and staffing. The group’s work continues to highlight many of the recommendations from the ‘Influence for Impact‘ report

In a project with other organisations promoting wellness for practitioners working in digital, a list is being curated of useful online resources. If you can add to this resource, do make contact.

Highlight your examples of positive workplace practice

The CIPR-hosted chat on Twitter in May 2018 in support of Mental Health Awareness Week explored a number of topics including:

  • given the reported increase in mental health conditions among public relations professionals, is PR becoming more stressful or are we more comfortable talking about the issue?
  • what practical action can line managers take to support the mental wellbeing of employees?
  • how can PR professionals help remove the stigma of mental health?
  • what advice can you share for those currently living with a mental health condition?

The CIPR LPS Group would welcome responses from those in or working with public services to highlight positive approaches to mental health in the workplace.


Recommended blogs on communicating mental health and practitioner resilience

LPS Vice Chair Holly Bremner’s blog on being a resilient communicator

Stephen Waddington on mental health and public relations

Government Digital Service – It’s ok to talk about mental health

Raising mental health awareness through comms, Martha Nahar gives a perspective from a London NHS Trust

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