PR leaders urged to create supportive culture, offer programs to combat mental health issues

June 3, 2019

In a recent contribution to PR News, Infinite Global’s Isabel Podda and Sophie Cikovsky discuss steps PR leaders can take to create a work environment that seeks to build positive mental health.

A career in PR and communications attracts people for a variety of reasons. Yet PR also is listed among the top 10 most stressful occupations. In addition, the profession is a proven contributor to mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other serious conditions.

Roughly 20 percent of the U.S. adult population suffers from a mental health condition, so this is not an issue limit­ed to the communications industry. It is, however, particularly relevant for PR leaders to confront endemic risks.

We all know PR is a hard job. But we shouldn’t accept that people must suffer (often in silence) to work in the field. Isabel and Sophie offer some steps PR leaders can take to create a work envi­ronment that not only assists those who are suffering, but seeks to build positive mental health in this recent PR News article.

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