Earlier in the week, we posted about the open letter signed by more than 50 well-known organisations, to Theresa May. The letter effectively outlined that Health and Safety Legislation in its current form is insufficient and needs to be updated to make mental health first aid training a mandatory requirement in the workplace. This topic has been at the forefront of debate throughout the year, even the royal family have been involved by addressing how these issues should be dealt with at work.
We are pleased to read in the Huffington Post that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has joined the battle and released guidance on dealing with mental health first aid. The guidance produced by HSE is certainly not the complete answer to the open letter as there is no mandatory element but it's a very positive start and sign that change is on the horizon, albeit slowly.
HSE have supported the premise that having employees trained to identify and help with mental health problems may be of benefit to businesses and the guidance suggests implementing "employee support programmes". For many years mental illness has been seen as a taboo subject often only discussed in private, however, it is clear that these days are over, and the mental health of our nation depends on positive progression in this area.
As of next year, Medical Training Solutions will be launching a wide range of accredited mental health first aid training courses. Our courses are all quality assured and delivered by healthcare professionals, in this instance Medical Health Nurses with hands-on experience dealing with mental health issues in their profession. If you are an employer looking for further information, contact us today on 01603 486448.
For information on the other first aid courses we currently offer, see our courses page for full details.