CIPR publishes new mental health guide and webinar
The CIPR has teamed up with mental health charity, Mind, to deliver new resources – a skills guide and webinar - aimed at improving the understanding of mental health and wellbeing in public relations. The guidance – led by CIPR Health - is designed to help employers build a working environment that supports positive mental health and advises practitioners on how to take care of their mental wellbeing. The member-only half-hour webinar features health experts, professionals in health communications and those with experiences of living with a mental health condition discussing how to take positive action on mental health in the profession.
The resources follow research earlier this year, revealing the link between the nature of PR work and poor mental health amongst practitioners. The results from State of the Profession show that 21% have or do live with a diagnosed mental health condition whilst almost a quarter (23%) of respondents who discussed concerns about their mental health with a manager said that nothing happened as a result of those conversations.
We are delighted to publish this guidance to benefit our industry. The human and financial cost of poor mental health has had, and will continue to have, a huge impact on our profession. The responsibility to address this rests with each of us - every agency, organisation, manager and colleague. This guidance, developed with health professionals, has actions for us all to take and insights to improve our understanding. These tools are just the start, we're looking forward to continuing to work with our members to listen and understand what further action and support we can give to help make our profession happier and healthier.
Working in PR is hugely rewarding but comes with its fair share of pressures. It’s great to see CIPR taking action on this issue by developing a guide to increase understanding of mental health across the industry. Aimed at organisations, managers, employees and freelancers working within the sector, this guide can help you take care of your own mental health and better support the wellbeing of colleagues.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.
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).