We are fortunate to have an organised student community, the Informals, which exists to provide a supportive network for students to learn together. The Informals have introduced trained mental health first aiders, as a first point of reference for students who may be worrying about their personal wellbeing. We are pleased to work with the Informals, embedding sessions on managing personal stress into the new student induction day and the student conference. The Informals also provide a range of mental health resources and can signpost students to the help provided by Jonathan’s Voice, the Charlie Waller Trust and other agencies.
Perhaps one of CIPA’s best kept secrets is the Benevolent Association, which exists to provide financial support to our members and their families in times of need. So often, financial worries form part of the mental health challenges we face in our lives and the Benevolent Association is there to help.
On reflection, we are doing lots, but there is so much more we can do. I think CIPA needs to systematically remind its members that mental health, just like all health and safety, is a shared responsibility; something that we need to talk about. I felt a little guilty reading IP Inclusive’s report as I know I can do more and will try to do so in the future. We tend to centre our activities around key points in the calendar, such as Mental Health Awareness Week, then move on to the next issue. This is not good enough and I will ensure that we use our regular membership communications to highlight our work on mental health and wellbeing and keep the conversation going.
If you have thoughts or ideas on how CIPA can help the IP sector be a more mentally health workplace, I really would welcome that conversation.
Managing IP spoke to Lee Davies, Andrea Brewster (IP Inclusive), Penelope Aspinall (Jonathan’s Voice) and Elizabeth Rimmer (LawCare) and published an article on the Mental Health Survey. The article highlights that the IP industry has an unsustainable level of stress and anxiety, and levels have only increased compared to the last survey in 2019. Read the full article.
Date Published: 26 October 2022