With tight deadlines, demanding clients and long working hours, public relations is listed as the sixth most stressful career in the world. As a direct result, one in three PR and communications professionals have been diagnosed with or experienced some form of poor mental health. But fearing for their credibility and career prospects, they keep silent.
Less than half of those diagnosed with stress, anxiety or depression disclose it to their employer, and nine out of ten people who have taken a day off work due to mental ill health cited another reason for their absence (source: MIND).
The financial cost to the communications industry of failing to adequately address this issues is huge. Mental health issues cost the UK £70 billion per year in lost productivity, recruitment and healthcare.
This course on understanding and managing mental health in the workplace can significantly minimise the harmful effects of the stress inherent in public relations, increasing workplace happiness, personal productivity and company profitability.
The course lasts for approximately one hour and is held at your offices.
It combines practical tips with personal stories and is designed to encourage people at all levels to think about the mental well-being of themselves and those around them, to openly discuss workplace issues and to suggest solutions to lower stress, enhance productivity and, ultimately, increase profitability.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2004 and have a decade’s experience of working inside communications agencies. I have experienced first hand and spoken to many, many PR professionals about all sorts of approaches to handling mental well-being, from the progressive approach to the lip-service approach to the negligent approach.
I’ve run two businesses and I understand the pressures of doing that. But I also understand what it’s like to try and motivate yourself to work when all you want to do is curl up by yourself.
In short, I’ve lived it.