London,
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September
2020
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CIPR launches two new mental health training courses

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has launched two new training courses to support PR practitioners to understand and address mental health challenges. 

Mental Wellbeing at Work’ and ‘Building Resilience’ will both run in November online and face-to-face respectively and have been developed in consultation with specialist mental health trainers. They are designed to help leaders have a positive impact on mental wellbeing in the workplace, and for those who would benefit from building their own resilience or the resilience of their staff. 

The decision to develop these courses follows research from the CIPR Health Group highlighting 8 in 10 practitioners have reported to feeling a mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and CIPR’s 2019 State of the Profession survey which reported one-in-five respondents having a diagnosed mental health condition and around a quarter (23%) of saying they took sickness absence from work on the grounds of stress, anxiety or depression.

Rachel Royall Chart.PR FCIPR, Chair of CIPR Health
Great organisations value and invest in their people as advocates for their business and their brands. We have sought to understand the impact of the last few months on individuals’ mental health in order to put in place this support because we know building the resilience of communications teams will help the business recovery. These courses represent another wellbeing service we are able to offer the profession and members, and I hope business leaders consider these as an investment in their people.
Rachel Royall Chart.PR FCIPR, Chair of CIPR Health

CIPR members have free access to the iprovision Mental Health Hotline providing instant access to accredited counsellors as well as support for those with personal, legal and financial difficulties. 

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with nearly 10,000 members.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).