PRCA partners with ISMAUK to tackle stress and mental health issues

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has partnered with the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK) to help reduce the stigmas attached to stress and mental health issues in the PR and communications industry. 
 
ISMAUK is the leading professional body for workplace and personal stress management, wellbeing and performance, and will collaborate with the PRCA on events and initiatives throughout 2022, to help support its UK members. 
 
Earlier this year, the PRCA, CIPR, and Opinium conducted research, which found 90% of PR professionals have struggled with their mental wellbeing to some extent over the past 12 months, and are also less likely to take time off work for mental wellbeing reasons, compared to other UK workers. 
 
PRCA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA said: 
 
“Our recent research has highlighted that the mental wellbeing of many PR and Communications professionals has suffered due to the extraordinary pressures created by the pandemic. We’ve seen the industry make real progress in helping to alleviate some of these pressures through the adoption of flexible working and genuinely putting people first. But there’s more work to do. Our partnership with ISMAUK is an important step towards keeping mental wellbeing at the top of the business agenda in 2022.” 
 
ISMAUK Chair Carole Spiers FISMA FPSA MIHPE said:
 
“We are delighted to be partnering with PRCA, the world’s largest and most influential PR professional body, to help reduce the stigmas attached to stress and mental health issues amongst PR professionals. The last 18 months have had a severe impact on mental wellbeing, and it is even more important than before to raise awareness of the impact that stress and mental health issues have on people in the course of their work and to promote best practice in managing them, as well as helping to foster wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.”

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