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Push for mental health first aiders to become legal requirement in the workplace

The Where’s Your Head At? Campaign’s petition, which calls for the government to make it a legal requirement for workplaces to have someone trained in mental health first aid, has over 200,000 signatures. This is partnered with a letter to the Prime Minister which has been signed by over 50 organisations, including WHSmith and Standard Chartered.

This comes alongside news from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in a report for Mental Health Week (beginning Monday 13 May 2019) that out of 400 employees surveyed, 80% would not discuss their mental health with their employer.  Mental health first aiders will be able to encourage workplace environments that are positive for mental health by giving people a safe space to discuss their mental health and ensuring that they can be directed to relevant mental health services.