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May 28 – 30, 2017

Diane  Riddell, APR

Diane Riddell, APR

PAPER PRESENTATION: How stressed are we? The mental health and wellness of Canada's public relations practitioners

In its 2017 Annual ranking of the 10 most stressful jobs in the United States, included event coordinators (no.5) and Public Relations executives (no. 8), alongside other occupations such as enlisted military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and journalists.

Researchers have noted there is evidence that high levels of psychological demands, including fast work pace and high conflicting demands, are predictive of common mental disorders such as mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders.

This baseline research on the mental health and wellness of Canada’s public relations community included both an online survey and interviews to look at the health and wellness of Canada’s public relations community. Preliminary findings will be shared. Please join the conversation about this important topic and how it affects our community.


Diane Riddell, APR, has 28 years of experience in all aspects of communications management.

She currently provides strategic communications support for Canada’s Department of National Defence in Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA). DGMPRA’s Defence Scientists conduct personnel research that informs policy and decision-making in such areas as operational and organizational dynamics, workforce analytics, and personnel and family support.

Diane has led integrated communications teams at Defence Research and Development Canada, National Defence and at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has also worked as a communications manager at the Region of Ottawa-Carleton, the Royal Bank of Canada and at Kraft Foods.

She cares deeply about workplace wellbeing and recently completed the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health First Aid course. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) in Journalism from Ryerson University and is currently completing the final requirement for her Masters of Science in Communications Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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