'Six in 10 PRs experience mental ill health' - PRWeek spotlights crucial sector issue

Three in five PR professionals say they have suffered from mental ill health - a standout figure from a PRCA/PRWeek survey into mental health in PR, which formed the backbone of a series of articles this week.

Click here for the full results of the survey, which found the industry is making some progress on the issue, although there is still much work to be done.

PRWeek also spoke to agencies about steps they have taken to improve the mental health of employees.

We identified several common approaches and priorities among the employers, such as the importance of flexible working, line-manager training and bosses leading from the front. They often took a holistic view of the issue – focusing on staff happiness and general wellbeing, as well as specific mental-health initiatives – to address potential problems before they escalate.

Agencies profiled were FleishmanHillard Fishburn, Golin, Mischief, Manifest and Forster Communications.

Meanwhile, Mischief creative director and practising psychotherapist Greg Jones gave his take on how the sector should approach the topic.

There have been several outstanding campaigns that tackle mental health and suicide in the past year. PRWeek speaks to the creative minds behind these to find out how they shifted the conversation as well as dos and don'ts.

Click here to read the view of PRWeek UK editor-in-chief in his leader for the January edition. PRCA boss Francis Ingham is calling on the PR industry to take action

And Jacqueline Hurst, our Mental Wealth columnist, offers advice on looking after your mental health to beat the 'January blues'. Please take a few minutes to read it, there are some great tips.

  • How is your organisation approaching mental health? Do you have views on how the sector can improve its practices around the issue, perhaps from firsthand experience? Let us know – contact arvind.hickman@haymarket.com.

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