HSE announces new guidance on mental health in the workplace
“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has enhanced its First Aid guidance to help employers understand the existing need to consider mental health alongside physical health when undertaking their ‘needs assessment’.
Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced new First Aid guidance on mental health. This updated guidance is an exciting development, signalling a fundamental shift in how mental health support will now be assessed and provided for in the workplace.
Employers can now access advice, located on the HSE website, on how to support employees experiencing a mental health issue, including training staff as mental health first aiders.
The HSE announcement follows the publication of an open letter to the Prime Minister, signed by the CEOs of over 50 leading employers, calling on the government to uphold its manifesto pledge to change Health and Safety law to include mental health. The letter was the most recent development in the ‘Where’s Your Head At’ campaign led by Bauer Media Group, MHFA England and Natasha Devon MBE which has attracted over 200,000 signatories. You can sign here too!
“It is shocking that 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental ill-health at some point in their lives and around 450 million people are currently living with a diagnosed mental ill-health condition.
For too long we have collectively failed to grasp the true magnitude of the problem. We owe it to everyone to put mental and physical health on an equal footing, to try and eradicate the apathy towards mental health once and for all. I urge policy-makers and leaders to put mental health at the front of their minds.”
-Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock
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