By law, all workplaces, schools and colleges must make provision around physical first aid. Why not the same for mental health?

Mental health issues including stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental Health First Aid courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. When support and treatment is accessed early, people recover faster and have better outcomes for their health.

Training people in mental health awareness and skills also helps to build an open and supportive culture around mental health. This can stop preventable health issues arising in the first place, and empower people with mental health issues to thrive in work.

We believe that mental and physical health should be treated equally – because we all have mental health. Let’s change the law to reflect this.  

If the campaign is successful, it will mean that every workplace must provide Mental Health First Aid as well as physical first aid.  
 
By making first aid support available for mental health, workplaces will be encouraging their staff to access help early, speeding up recoveries and reducing sickness absence. Mental health awareness and skills training also helps to create a supportive, open culture around mental health which can stop preventable health issues arising in the first place.
 
In the long term, protecting staff mental health in this way will reduce the cost of mental ill health to business (£35 billion per year). 

We recommend searching on our website or elsewhere online to find a Mental Health First Aid instructor or training organisation local to you. For example, St John Ambulance offers first aid training for both physical and mental health.

There are a range of Mental Health First Aid courses to suit all sizes of organisation. Larger organisations may wish to contact us directly to access our in-house training and eLearning packages to suit their needs.

We have teamed up with Bauer Media and Natasha Devon MBE to launch the Where’s Your Head At? campaign. Find out more below:

  • Bauer Media owns 107 radio and magazine brands

  • Natasha Devon MBE is an expert mental health campaigner and spokesperson, who delivers mental health and body confidence training in schools and colleges across the UK

  • We are Mental Health First Aid England, a community interest company and the leading provider of mental health training in England (learn more about us here)

Where's Your Head At? is backed by Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP and former Minister for Health and Social Care, Norman Lamb MP. The campaign is also supported by a host of celebrities including Alastair Campbell, Rachel Riley, Professor Green, Liam Payne, Tom and Giovanna Fletcher, Anne-Marie, Candice Brown, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby, Kem Cetinay, and Megan McKenna.

Yes! The government has committed to train one member of staff in all state secondary schools in England in Mental Health First Aid. This three-year programme is currently in its second year (see Programmes for more info). 

If the Where’s Your Head At? campaign succeeds in changing the law, all employers - including all schools, colleges and universities - will be required to provide first aid for mental health. 

 

To learn more, visit the Where’s Your Head At website, wheresyourheadat.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Look and listen out for the campaign across Bauer Media’s brands, including magazines Heat, Closer, Grazia, Empire, Mother & Baby and radio stations Kiss FM, Magic FM and Absolute Radio.

The best way to support the campaign is to sign the petition and share it with your friends, family, colleagues and social media! 

Thank you for helping to change the law to protect mental health.

The goal of Where’s Your Head At? is to change the law so that employers must provide Mental Health First Aid as well as physical first aid. 

If successful this petition has the power to transform the current legal regulations around first aid in the workplace and bring much needed equality to health and safety provision.