• Rachel Royall

Looking after our #PRCommunity

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

Many of us will have experienced first-hand that mental health is an issue across our society. Whilst it’s a global problem there are worrying indicators that we are not doing enough to look after our own profession. In our latest CIPR State of the Profession Report, one in four of us has had time off work due to stress and anxiety, one in five have a diagnosed mental health condition.

Whilst the very nature of our work in public relations can be stressful, the human and

financial cost to our business is huge. All teams and organisations perform better if their people are happy, motivated and focussed. We need a plan for our profession and a concerted effort to support individuals, managers and employer.

As Chair of the CIPR Health Group I’ve heard lots of personal stories and I’ve also listened to many people frustrated that we need to do more to look after each other. That is why at the beginning of the year our CIPR Health Group committed to looking at what we can do to support practitioners and their wellbeing.

I’m really pleased to say that we’ve made some great progress. Working with a group of committed individuals, public health doctors and charities, this month we will be publishing a new skills guide for practitioners and a webinar. These tools will also earn you credits as part of your continued professional development (CPD) and are available on the CIPR website.

We don’t want the hard work to stop here though, as we now have a team of people working on what we need to do next. So please get in touch if you would like to get involved and follow the conversation on social media at #CIPRWellbeing.

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