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May 19, 2017 #CommsChat on mental health in communications

This week on #CommsChat, we’re joined by Matt Cartmell, communications, marketing and events director for the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). With Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 just gone, we’ll be looking at what communicators in organisations can do to mitigate or alleviate the impact of mental health in the workplace. We’ll talk about hiring processes and how a culture of openness can be fostered by employers and employees alike.

The topics are:

  • Is the issue of mental health in comms given the attention it deserves?
  • How can communicators foster an anti-discrimination culture around mental health?
  • How can communicators work with HR, or other departments, to tackle mental health and its associated issues?
  • What can organisations do to support employees in times of mental health crises?
  • How can employers make the hiring process for employees with MH conditions more flexible?

Join us! We tweet from @CommsChat and #CommsChat takes place every Monday, from 8-9pm GMT. Anyone can take part in the discussion – simply follow the hashtag here or on Twitter. If you can’t make the chat or would like to revisit it, a transcript will be posted to Storify on Tuesday morning. We’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics – please get in touch with Amy at or contact us on Twitter with any ideas.

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