An open letter, which has been signed by more than 50 large organisations such as WHSmith, Royal Mail and PwC has called on Theresa May to amend current Health and Safety Legislation to make mental health first aid training mandatory. Current statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 595,000 workers are suffering from long-standing work-related stress, with 239,000 new cases reported in 2017/18 alone. This has equated to approximately 15,400,000 million working days lost. Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) estimates that failing to address these issues could cost the economy more than £35,000,000,000 a year.
A report from the Telegraph revealed that In addition to the open letter, a petition with over 200,000 signatures has been delivered to Downing Street, calling for mental health first aid to be recognised as being just as important to well-being as physical first aid. If the prime minister fulfils her manifesto pledge, then it could see changes to current health and safety law making mental health first aid mandatory.
If you are an employer or business owner, then keep an eye on the first aid guidance published by the HSE as it is soon to be updated to include mental health. As of 2019, Medical Training Solutions Ltd will be offering a wide variety of mental health first aid training courses that are accredited, regulated, quality assured and delivered by actively practicing Mental Health Nurses with a wealth of real-life experience in dealing with mental health.
For more information on mental health first aid training courses in Norwich, contact us on 01603 486448 or send us an email at email@example.com.