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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety, has updated their first aid guidance to include mental health.
The updated guidance now provides employers with advice on how to support employees experiencing a mental health issue, including training staff as mental health trained first aiders.
Lawyer Jodie Hill from Thrive Law has been campaigning for a change in the law around Mental Health First Aid since the beginning of the year and is delighted with the news. "This is really great news. Employers who introduce mental health first aiders and focus on improving the wellbeing of staff see both morale and productivity improve. The next step is a change in the law to bring parity between physical and mental health first aid." Jodie will be meeting Paula Sherriff MP to discuss her campaign in the coming weeks.
The HSE announcement follows the publication of an open letter to the Prime Minister, signed by the CEO of LawCare as well as over 50 leading employers, calling on the government to uphold its manifesto pledge to change Health and Safety law to include mental health. The letter was the most recent development in the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign led by Bauer Media Group, MHFA England and Natasha Devon MBE.
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