For the past ten months Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Bauer Media UK and Natasha Devon MBE have led '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.
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.
Due to an emergency parliamentary debate on a no deal Brexit that took place yesterday afternoon, it was announced that the scheduled debate on mental health first aid in the workplace has been postponed until early 2019.
Check back here for further information on the revised timing early next year.
In the meantime, you can continue to show your support in the run up to the debate by calling on your MP to take part - find out more via the button below:
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 next week in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th December.
If you’d like to help us make the debate as impactful as possible, now's the time to get involved! We need as many MPs as possible to join in the debate to ensure people around the country can make their voices heard. So please take five minutes to contact your MP and ask them to attend the debate. Sharing your personal motivation is also a great way to get their attention and highlight how this issue is of personal importance to you, so please take that into consideration when contacting your MP.
Head to wheresyourheadat.org to find out how you can email your local MP. Please feel free to personalise this email or draft your own – the key thing is to ensure as many MPs as possible are aware of this debate and understand its importance.
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.
Launched during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, 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.