In July research agency Opinium, supported by MRS, launched the results of research into mental wellbeing in the UK market research industry.  The report ‘Opening the conversation: mental wellbeing in market research’ showed that, while 53% of workers in the UK say they have had issues with their mental wellbeing, an alarming 85% of market researchers report that they have struggled in the past year. With 77% of admitting that this had affected their work.

With levels this high, Opinium and MRS are hosting a FREE event on Thursday, 3 October from 6-9pm at Opinium to look at the underlying reasons, identify who is most susceptible and debate how employers can address the situation. The event will start with a presentation of the research, followed by an expert panel, with representatives from across the sector including MRBA Committee Member, Jenni Roberton, MD at Respondi.  Panellists will give their personal stories and solutions. The panel also includes an expert on mental health in the workplace.  This event is currently fully booked, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list please email: For copies of full research report are available here.

MRBA and Mental Health
Many of the people who come to MRBA for financial help, often struggle with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or stress often brought on by a bereavement, loss of job, family emergency, or the worry associated with their financial distress.

We’ve helped people like ‘Barbara’.  Her work dried up after 15 years in the industry and then had to resort to taking several low paid jobs and got into debt. Her financial worries lead to a breakdown, so she was signed off work and had to declare bankruptcy.  Our help and support gave her time to get back on her feet.

‘Jason’ on the other hand had been an interviewer for 10 years and really enjoyed the work.  Nearing retirement, he found it harder to do his job and was diagnosed with depression.  With our assistance, Jason was able to clear some of his debts, so he was in a better financial position to enjoy his retirement.
‘Sari’ lost her daughter in a tragic accident and needed time off to support her family during this traumatic time, so we gave her financial support until she could go back to work.So, if you or someone you know needs our help, please ring 0345 352 0303 for a confidential chat, email, or visit for more information.

For all MRBA Matters September 2019 articles click here