- Posted by Chris Pollock
- On April 20, 2017
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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland is joining forces with AWARE Northern Ireland in a bid to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
The charity has been selected as CIPR NI’s charity of the year for 2017, following a vote from the Institute’s Northern Ireland committee.
AWARE has been supporting those in Northern Ireland affected by depression and mental health disorders since 1996, and now operates 24 support groups across the country.
Throughout 2017, CIPR NI members and the regional committee will fundraise to support the implementation of further Mood Matters Education and Training Programmes in schools, as the charity reports a rise in mental health issues among young people.
CIPR NI will also work with the charity to offer pro-bono communications expertise, with committee members helping the organisation to increase awareness and understanding of mental health disorders in Northern Ireland.
Colleen Milligan from AWARE commented; “We have a continuous mountain to climb in breaking down the stigma of talking about our mental health here in Northern Ireland. Whilst fundraising for our different programmes is always a priority for us, we’re looking forward to working with the CIPR NI to further highlight the importance of seeking help for any mental health needs.
“We’re so grateful they have nominated us as their charity for the year.”
Sinead Doyle, Chair for CIPR NI added; “Mental health is still a taboo subject in Northern Ireland but charities like AWARE are helping to break down these barriers, allowing people to talk more freely and openly about conditions like depression, stress and anxiety, which are so commonplace today.
“CIPR NI is proud to partner with AWARE and we hope the funds we raise, and the pro bono communications expertise we can offer through our committee and wider membership network, will help to highlight the great work of this charity.
“The media, public relations and events industry has been named one of the top 10 most stressful industries to work in, so we will also be working with AWARE to offer our members and other practitioners in Northern Ireland the opportunity to get involved in mindfulness sessions, or just to learn more about how to manage the stress and anxiety at work.”
According to the Health Service Executive, depression, stress and anxiety in the workplace accounts for 9.9million lost working days per year, whilst the recent CIPR UK State of the Profession survey identified 10 per cent of members who suffered from a mental health condition.