#CIPRChat returns to tackle mental health in PR

The CIPR will host a tweet chat on Friday 18 May on mental health in public relations, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The hour-long tweet chat - which kicks off at midday - features Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, at the mental health charity Mind. 

This year's 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. 

#CIPRchat topics will include:

  • 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 associated with mental health?
  • What advice can you share for those currently living with a mental health condition?
Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
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. Hopefully this Twitter chat will open debate and be another step in the right direction.
Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
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).