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A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

Victory for Greenpeace as Santander pledges to stop funding forest destruction in Indonesia

Victory for Greenpeace as Santander pledges to stop funding forest destruction in Indonesia

Santander has agreed to stop financing the pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) because of its destruction of the Indonesian rainforest, after meeting with Greenpeace.

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede, the creative director of EdenCancan, is to launch a new agency called East of Eden, which will concentrate on charity campaigns.

Samaritans bolsters comms team ahead of strategy launch

Samaritans bolsters comms team ahead of strategy launch

The Samaritans has strengthened its comms team with three appointments in newly created roles, ahead of a six-year strategy set to be launched next month.

Anchor appoints Stand Agency and Four Communications

Anchor appoints Stand Agency and Four Communications

Anchor, the not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has brought in Stand Agency to run its charity press office and Four Communications to manage its specialist property PR portfolio.

Scout Association director of comms promoted to chief executive of carers charity

Scout Association director of comms promoted to chief executive of carers charity

Gail Scott-Spicer, the director of comms for The Scout Association, has been appointed chief executive of the Carers Trust.

More than half of not-for-profit groups to spend more on social media, says Blackbaud report

More than half of not-for-profit groups to spend more on social media, says Blackbaud report

A little over half of not-for-profit organisations plan to increase their social media budget in 2015, after 62 per cent added staff or responsibilities that focused on social media last year.

WWF launches #PenguinDanceBattle to raise awareness of climate change

WWF launches #PenguinDanceBattle to raise awareness of climate change

The effort was inspired by the #IceBucketChallenge.

The Sun partners with Primula Cheese for Spread the Joy campaign

The Sun partners with Primula Cheese for Spread the Joy campaign

The Sun has teamed up with Primula Cheese to give away £50,000 to 12 people nominated by readers, as part of a campaign created by Newcastle-based agency O PR.

AML launches digital Christmas card to raise funds for Street Child Africa

AML launches digital Christmas card to raise funds for Street Child Africa

AML has created a digital Christmas cracker card and will donate £1 for the first thousand opens.

Weber Shandwick promotes Phelan and Prager as Donaldson departs

Weber Shandwick promotes Phelan and Prager as Donaldson departs

Weber Shandwick has announced changes to its EMEA team, with the promotion of Joe Phelan and Greg Prager, as EMEA corporate practice chairman Jim Donaldson departs to join rival agency FleishmanHillard.

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman's strategy for helping a client overcome objections in order to get an oil pipeline built in Canada has been laid bare by Greenpeace, which has leaked several documents.

Unity takes on World Toilet Day brief

Unity takes on World Toilet Day brief

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has brought in Unity ahead of World Toilet Day on 19 November, in a campaign that asks people to consider the impact of not having a toilet.

Opinion and features

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

You suss each other out online. Maybe you have a coy call or two. Then you get together and show off your best side while working out whether the other party would embarrass you in front of your mum. If it wasn't in a business setting, a 'chemistry meeting' would be called what everyone knows it really is: a first date.

What makes a great campaign? Authenticity, indefatigability and a touch of the devil certainly help

What makes a great campaign? Authenticity, indefatigability and a touch of the devil certainly help

Unless you have had your head in a hole for the past few months, you'll be aware that election season is in full swing, bringing with it a huge number of campaigns by different interest groups, from unions through to charities and industry bodies, all seeking to influence the policy and practice of whoever is next in government.

National Citizen Service launches social action campaign 'Our Future'

National Citizen Service launches social action campaign 'Our Future'

National Citizen Service, the personal and social development programme, has launched its first integrated campaign to increase the number of young people taking part in social action.

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

The annual gathering for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings together a heady mix of politicians, corporations, scientists and philanthropists to address the key challenges of the day. Two writers give PRWeek their perspective from inside the conference.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan announces rebrand

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan announces rebrand

Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, has redesigned its brand and released an accompanying video.

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

What does 2015 have in store for the PR and comms industry? Will any party hold the balance of power following the general election and what impact will the Lobbying Act have on the voluntary sector's ability to communicate with the public? Has SEO come of age in the PR sphere and what opportunities are there within the greater convergence of channels? Is the industry on the brink of diversifying its ranks and will one firm fall victim to a major scandal? We asked some of the brightest brains in the business to give us their predictions for the year ahead. Happy New Year from everyone at PRWeek!

SSE should stop the green monkey business

SSE should stop the green monkey business

Whatever else you say about power generator SSE, it is a deter­mined optimist. Its glass is resolutely 27 per cent full. But this over-the-top, logic-defying optimism has left the firm open to accusations of cynicism and greenwash.

Rising star: Nikki Peters, senior account executive, Stand Agency

Rising star: Nikki Peters, senior account executive, Stand Agency

Nikki Peters has proved herself a natural and enthusiastic networker since joining Stand Agency as its first employee in June 2012.

Newsmaker: Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders

Newsmaker: Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders

From virus outbreaks to crises in war zones to media training, Doctors Without Borders' comms director navigates complex terrain to ensure care for those in need.

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

What has always fascinated me about the comms business is that this is an industry built on intelligent debate.

Recent people moves

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill, former brand and strategic marketing director at Cancer Research UK, has been appointed director of consumer and social comms at Bottle PR.

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

The cancer charity Marie Curie Cancer Care has appointed Jude Bridge as its new executive director in charge of comms and public affairs.

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB has appointed former Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office comms adviser, Lucy Maggs, as its new head of media.

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' associate director Beth Murray has left the corporate world to head up comms at the crime prevention charity Only Connect.

Haringey Council hires Simon Jones amid £1bn redevelopment effort

Haringey Council hires Simon Jones amid £1bn redevelopment effort

Haringey Council has hired Simon Jones to lead comms as parts of the borough undergo major redevelopment.

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

The Church of England has hired Martha Linden as senior media officer after 16 years with the Press Association.

Colab calls in charity specialist Claire Platt to drive "co-creation" agenda

Colab calls in charity specialist Claire Platt to drive "co-creation" agenda

Comms agency Colab has hired charity specialist Claire Platt as head of engagement as the agency seeks to develop a "co-creation" model of comms.