As mentioned earlier on this blog, IP Inclusive will be running events and seminars during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 (14th to 20th May 2018). During and around this week, with help from several generous supporters, we're putting on a series of events on topics related to mental well-being in the workplace.
This year's MHAW theme is "stress", something we're all of us familiar with and which affects the health of many IP professionals. By recognising and addressing mental health problems in the workplace, removing the stigma associated with them and giving both ourselves and our colleagues more resilience to cope with the stress we encounter, we can build more inclusive workplaces where everyone can flourish.
Please get involved in at least one of our events if you can, and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The events, listed below, are taking place across the UK. Importantly, the events are free for IP professionals - and by "IP professionals" we mean in any IP-related role (including administrators, secretaries and other support staff) and at any career level. Mental health is an issue for everyone!
In addition to the events on mental health, IP Inclusive and CIPA are currently surveying CIPA members to gather basic data about mental well-being in the patent profession, the extent to which stress affects that and the types of support that would benefit patent attorneys. If you're a CIPA member, please spare us 10 minutes or so to complete the survey, which you can access here.
The upcoming events for MHAW 2018 are:
We hope to see some of you at these events. In the meantime, please do all you can to get conversations going about mental health at work. And, as always, if you work in the IP professions and need someone to talk to because you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious, please call LawCare on 0800 279 6888 (the helpline is open Mon-Fri 09:00-19:30, and on weekends & bank holidays 10:00–16:00).
IP Inclusive Leader