CIPR to confront mental health taboo

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) will address the mental health challenges facing PR, through a series of events aimed at raising awareness of key issues and showcasing best practice for employers.

For the last two years stress has been a major factor in the CIPR State of the Profession research. This year found almost a third (30%) of respondents describing themselves as either unhappy or extremely unhappy. In the context of 2014/15 findings, more than half (51%) of managers were ‘extremely stressed’ or ‘very stressed’ in their roles, evidencing the need for public relations to face up to the issue.

On Wednesday 18 May, the CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion Forum will host a free-to-attend Equal Access Network event focussing on workplace mental health initiatives, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. Booking and further information is available via Eventbrite.

The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, will also kick off a series of wellbeing seminars on 1 June aimed at helping employees and employers manage stress in the workplace. The first event will be led by two leading business psychologists at the CIPR, Russell Square.

iprovision plan to hold a programme of similar events across the UK and will also create a best practice resource for members. Booking and further information for the wellbeing seminars is available here.

Catherine Grinyer MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Forum
Mental health is still sadly a taboo issue in PR. The event on 18 May will give our members an opportunity to learn more about what other industries are doing to promote mental health and well-being in the workplace.
Catherine Grinyer MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Forum
Gill Dandy FCIPR, iprovision Trustee
From an employer point of view, reducing stress levels for what is the key resource of their business, and helping colleagues to achieve a better work-life balance, makes for a happier, healthier and more productive office environment. It’s a win-win scenario.
Gill Dandy FCIPR, iprovision Trustee

For more information on the CIPR's mental health initiatives, please email Koray Camgoz.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

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).