To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Bauer Media Group, Natasha Devon MBE and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England have today launched a petition calling on the government to change the law so that all employers are required to make provision for mental health first aid. This call to action has the backing of the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP and former Minister for Health and Social Care, Norman Lamb MP.
‘Where’s Your Head At?’, is a six-week campaign and will kick start Mental Health Awareness Week with celebrities and mental health experts calling everyone to sign a change.org petition to change the law around first aid. When the petition reaches over 100,000 signatories, it will be debated in parliament and if successful would transform the current legal regulations around first aid in the workplace and bring much needed equality to health and safety provision. It would mean that employers would be required to train staff to be skilled in how to listen without judgement, identify signs of mental distress, and able to guide employees to further support.
Natasha Devon MBE, mental health campaigner and qualified Youth MHFA instructor, is spearheading the campaign, and hopes that the petition will “spur the government into action to protect the wellbeing of its citizens at work.”
A number of celebrities including Liam Payne, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby, Megan McKenna and Kem Cetinay have offered their support for the campaign and have all spoken openly about their personal struggles with mental health and why they think it is important to have Mental Health First Aid in the workplace.
The petition and more information about the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign can be found here.