In the past 12 months I have probably thought, written and talked more about mental health in PR and communication roles than at any time before.
Last year mental health awareness was important but as a distant concept. In 2018 it is very, very real.
We are all aware of the impact of the increasing demands, pressures and responsibilities that communicators feel. But we are still slow to act and change the prevailing culture that exists in the industry and society which is to hide any problems and appear to be in control.
I have learnt a lot in a year including, as I have written before, that it is ok to say you need help and showing emotion is not a sign of weakness.
Some days I forget myself about those lessons and I try to continue by suppressing any feelings and packaging them up for a later date.
In a few days myself and the team who worked on 22 May 2017 will be thinking of those who lost their lives, their families and loved ones, and all those who were affected. We have a job to do again and we will do it. We will be there again to support each other and to give each other the space to have a moment to shed some tears.
It is important that we all take part in mental health awareness week and in the conversations being started by both the PRCA and the CIPR.
After all as we have said many times in the office it is ok to not be ok.
Please take the time to look after yourself and your friends and colleagues.