To celebrate its first birthday, the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign is launching a new Workplace Manifesto.
Together with Bauer Media UK and Natasha Devon MBE, we are calling on employers and MPs to lay down their commitment to workplace wellbeing by signing up to support the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto.
The Workplace Manifesto is a mission statement for a healthier working world - where people’s mental health is supported and protected and where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do.
In a healthy workplace we bring our whole selves to work. We can talk openly about our mental health, we are not afraid to ask for support when we need it, and we thrive in work and life.
Visit wheresyourheadat.org to find out how you, your organisation, or your MP can sign up as an official supporter of the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto.
Mental health first aid in the workplace was debated in Parliament today, with MPs from across the five main political parties speaking in support of the issue. The speaker concluded that the ayes had it, signalling the majority view that First Aid regulations need to be updated to put mental and physical health on an equal footing.
Despite the overwhelming support for legislative change, the Government Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention did not speak in support of the motion, but did agree that more debate was required on the issue of mental health in the workplace. For the full story, see our news article here.
The campaign so far has ensured that the topic of mental health in the workplace cannot be ignored and has resulted in the announcement that a parliamentary debate on mental health first aid in the workplace has been scheduled. This is currently due to take place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th December.
With clear support for the issue across the political spectrum and among the general public, more than 50 leaders from across business, education and the third sector wrote an Open Letter to the Government highlighting their support for the Where's Your Head At campaign's call to put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing in the workplace.
Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2018, the 'Where's Your Head At?' campaign's progress was celebrated at a special event held at Portcullis House and hosted by Luciana Berger MP.
Following this Luciana, Natasha and members of the campaign team from Bauer Media and MHFA England presented the campaign petition, with over 200,000 signatories, to No.10 Downing Street.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Bauer Media UK and Natasha Devon MBE launch 'Where’s Your Head At?' – a campaign calling for first aid regulations to be amended to ensure that provision is made for mental health, as well as physical, first aid in the workplace.
If successful, this change in law would mean that millions of working people have access to mental health first aiders, as they currently do for physical first aiders. We all have mental health, so let’s change the law to reflect this.
The campaign's change.org petition has been signed by over 200,000 people - highlighting a groundswell of public support for the issue. Since going live a host of celebrities, MPs and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan have also shown their support for the campaign.
Some of the campaign's celebrity supporters: Professor Green, Candice Brown, Tom and Giovanna Fletcher, Rachel Riley, Anne-Marie, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby, Kem Cetinay, and Megan McKenna.