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Mental health first aid in the workplace

Published Monday, January 14, 2019

A Backbench Business debate on Mental health first aid in the workplace is scheduled for Thursday 17 January 2019. This debate is set to take place in the main Commons chamber.

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The Conservative Government under Theresa May has made commitments to spread the use of mental health first aid (MHFA) in schools and amongst the wider population. There have been calls to make MHFA mandatory in the workplace. Although not obligatory, the Health and Safety Executive’s First Aid guidance was updated in November 2018 to encourage employers to think about their employees’ mental health and wellbeing needs.

This pack explains Government policy further and brings together related news articles and further reading.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0281

Authors: Tom Powell; Alexander Bellis; Selena Steele; Susan Brown

Topics: Industrial health and safety, Mental health

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