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Accountancy Is About People, Not Just the Numbers: A Conversation on Mental Health

Damarys Albino, Sarah Gagnon | March 4, 2021

IFAC recently reflected on the lessons that 2020 taught us in its Point of View Embracing a People-Centered Profession. At its core, the accountancy profession’s mission is about people, not just numbers. The members and employees at IFAC member organizations are individuals with distinctive competencies and experiences and are invaluable resources. While we look at 2021 with great optimism, the additional layers of stress, isolation, and burnout that people experienced in 2020 will not simply vanish and therefore, it is important that we continue to talk about well-being and mental health if the profession is truly to best serve the public interest and contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3, target 3.4). 

That is why IFAC leveraged our global network to discuss the ways that PAOs can address mental health on February 4th – UK’s Time to Talk Day. Time to Talk Day recognizes the significant impact that one, small conversation on mental health can have.

During our webinar we heard from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Public Accountants (IPA, Australia), Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT, UK), and IFAC’s Head of Human Capital on how these organizations are addressing mental health and well-being among their different communities such as students, staff, members, and clients.

We invite you to watch the webinar in its entirety here and explore some of the resources discussed by the speakers below. We can all play a part in keeping this vital conversation going!

Click here for the full presentation slides.

Additional Resources & Information:

IFAC: Explore the Professional & Personal Wellness section of IFAC’s COVID-19 curated resources



Individual Assessments:

  • Wellbeing Lab PERMAH Survey: a free survey for individuals to see how your levels of thriving and struggle are currently shaping your wellbeing and performance






Damarys Albino

Damarys Albino

Head of Human Capital

Damarys Albino joined IFAC in May 2017 as Director, Head of Human Capital, where she is a key member of the management team, and leads the Human Capital function and implementation of IFAC’s Human Capital (People) Strategy. Prior to joining IFAC, Damarys was Head of Human Resources Americas at Murex, a leading technology platform for capital markets, where she served as a key member of the global human resources leadership team and strategic business partner to the Murex Americas leadership team since 2014. Ms. Albino’s human resource career in the financial industry spans 16 years during which she served as Director of Human Resources for Quantitative Management Associates and Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Lehman Brothers Investment banking division. Earlier in her career, Ms. Albino was the Human Resources Generalist for New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York for 11 years. Damarys holds a B.S. in Organization Development and has been an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 1993.

Sarah Gagnon

Technical Manager, Quality & Development, IFAC

Sarah Gagnon is a Technical Manager, Quality & Development, at IFAC, where she manages the African regional portfolio as part of the IFAC Member Compliance Program and supports the team’s professional accountancy organization capacity building, guidance, and communications initiatives.  See more by Sarah Gagnon


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