'Championing mental difference' - CIPR to host free event during Mental Health Awareness Week

Six per cent of PR professionals suffer with a mental health condition, with a further 4 per cent preferring not to answer questions on mental health, according to the CIPR's most recent State of the Profession research.

On Wednesday 10 May - during Mental Health Awareness Week - the CIPR will host an open event aimed at educating PR professionals on how businesses can start, evolve and sustain conversations around mental health.

Drawing on 20-years' of global HR experience, Founding Partner of APeopleBusiness and Mental Health in Business, Colin Minto, will deliver an upbeat appraisal of mental health, illness and difference by reflecting on his personal battle with OCD, and the benefits of living with mental illness.

Having led Resourcing and HR Systems for the world's second largest private employer, G4S, for six years, Colin will reveal practical tips and guidance for PR professionals on mental health - from both employer and employee perspectives.

The event will be jointly hosted by the CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion Forum and the Institute's benevolent fund, iprovision.


Colin Minto, Founding Partner, APeopleBusiness and Mental Health in Business
£226 billion was contributed to UK GDP in 2015 by those living with mental illness, nine times more than the cost to support them in the work or social environments, so it’s great business to ensure your employees are mentally and physically well.

People with mental difference have unique skills, capabilities and qualities as a consequence of, and despite, living with mental illness. These attributes can lead to improved outcomes if embraced and leveraged correctly.
Colin Minto, Founding Partner, APeopleBusiness and Mental Health in Business

This free-to-attend event takes place from 6pm on 10 May and is open to members, as well as non-members. Pre-registration is required. Read Colin Minto's testimonials and book your place via Eventbrite.

The event will be broadcasted live via the CIPR's Facebook page.

Notes to editors

About Colin Minto
Colin enjoyed a 20-year career in global HR, Resourcing and HR Technology transformation and implementation leadership, culminating in six years as Group Head of Resourcing and HR Systems for G4S, the world’s second largest private employer with 635,000 employees across 1,000 business units in 130+ countries.

Colin was responsible for G4S’s strategy and delivery for recruiting in excess of 220,000 people per year, and the HR technology strategy to engage and manage the global workforce. He opened up about his personal mental health experience, and war on his OCD, in People Management Magazine in August 2016. The article stimulated the creation of the Mental Health in Business LinkedIn Group and Mental Difference at Work overt and covert questioning community on Rungway, plus a host of opportunities to support seminars, conferences and initiatives to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

Colin is also the creator of the HERO Mental Health Readiness and ENABLE Mental Difference Models, Patron of The Shaw Mind Foundation and a serial blogger on industry and mental health matters. He is passionate about being open to support others and inform businesses how to best embrace and harness the power of mental difference.

About the Diversity and Inclusion Forum
The CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion Forum, formerly known as the Diversity Working Group, seeks to develop an inclusive culture within public relations by raising awareness of diversity issues and increasing numbers of public relations practitioners from all backgrounds.The Forum believe public relations campaigns are more effective when created and delivered by teams that are representative of the audiences they seek to engage.

About iprovision
Over the last 50 years, more than 500 CIPR members have been helped and supported by iprovision because of illness, disability, unemployment, poverty or bereavement. The youngest beneficiary was only 28; the oldest, 90. The majority of beneficiaries were members aged between 45 and 60, facing hardship because of an illness or disability that had impacted on their ability to work. The charity can specifically provide:

  • grants to meet specific needs
  • help with respite care or care break costs
  • support and assistance