Mental health is a business-critical issue for the public relations industry.

Our annual State of the Profession report (2019) revealed that 21% of public relations practitioners live with, or have previously lived with, a diagnosed mental health condition reflecting national data. Over half of those respondents said their work contributes highly to their diagnosis.

Around a quarter (23%) of PR professionals say they have taken sickness absence from work on the grounds of stress, anxiety or depression. This is an issue that has far reaching consequences for employees and businesses. Organisations have a responsibility to take steps to protect the wellbeing of all their staff.

embedding wellbeing at work

Hotwire case study (pdf)
Cambridge University Hospitals case study (pdf)
NHS Digital case study (pdf)
Ferring case study (pdf)


The CIPR Health Group will be releasing a series of five case studies over the coming weeks. Follow #CIPRWellbeing and @CIPRHealth on Twitter for new releases.

CIPR mental health initiatives

Resources for organisations

Resources for individuals

For more information on mental health and public relations, please contact Jon Gerlis.