Iprovision launches mental health hotline for CIPR members
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and its charitable benevolent fund, iprovision, have today launched the iprovision Mental Health Hotline (login required), providing members instant access to accredited counsellors as well as support for those with personal, legal and financial difficulties.
The move follows research from CIPR’s 2019 State of the Profession report which revealed the link between the nature of PR work and poor mental health amongst practitioners. The report showed that 21% have had or 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.
The 24/7, 365 days a year hotline is run by Health Assured, the UK and Ireland’s largest independent employee assistance programme (EAP) provider, and provides CIPR members with access to a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) trained and accredited counsellor.
Members can access the Hotline via the CIPR Plus page online (login required).
We’re delighted to be able to provide this valuable resource to CIPR members. For more than 50 years, iprovision has been helping members – past and present – who find themselves in hard times, and it is important for us to adapt to meet the changing needs of our industry colleagues. The iprovision Mental Health Hotline does just that. The help iprovision provides, for the relief of poverty, is increasingly required as a result of poor mental health or events that can lead to it. The hotline allows us to support members more widely and more quickly – whether they are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
There’s been a genuine effort to raise awareness of the human and financial cost of poor mental health on our profession. This new service now moves us to a position of being able to offer real, practical support to our members. It will help any member who needs it to work through issues that might be affecting their mental health and emotional wellbeing with the support of a trained and accredited advisor. The timing could not be better – the impact of coronavirus has impacted all our lives – mentally, physically and socially and, for some, financially and professionally. The service is available now. I hope it proves useful and helps those who need it take the first step towards being happier and healthier.
The iprovision Mental Health Hotline also provides CIPR members with access to the Health Assured e-Hub and smartphone app for personalised wellbeing content and its resources including videos, webinars, mini health checks and health coaching.
The service is being financed by iprovision. For more information about its work, and to make a donation, visit its page online.
For more information on CIPR’s Mental Health work visit this page.
Contact the Hotline via the CIPR Plus page.
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).