Mental health is a topical discussion, and one that is becoming more prevalent in the employment sphere.
In the beginning of January the House of Commons debated mental health first aid provisions in the workplace. It was initiated after Greg Clark Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy urged employers to promote mental health awareness in the workplace. It also follows after an open letter signed by 50 executives of large companies to the Theresa May asking her to deliver on her pledge to give mental health the same legal status as physical health at work.
Luciana Berger MP who introduced the debate described her proposition that the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 should be amended through secondary legislation to require a trained mental health first aider in every workplace.
Mental health First Aid England joined in on the debate on a recent BBC News interview. Their goal is to train one in ten of the population in mental health first aid related skills in order to reduce stigma and create an environment where employees thrive.
If you would like more information on workplace training available please check the MHFA website:https://mhfaengland.org/organisations/workplace/