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Mental Health First Aid in the workplace debate date set

Following the open letter to the Prime Minister regarding an amendment to the Health and Safety in the workplace regulation, a parliamentary debate on mental health first aid in the workplace has been scheduled for Thursday 17th January.

The Backbench Business debate is sponsored by a cross party trio of MPs Luciana Berger MP (Lab), Norman Lamb MP (Lib Dem) and Jonny Mercer MP (Con) and will ensure parliamentarians are urged to answer the calls from across society to put mental and physical first aid on equal footing. If successful, the government would enact its manifesto pledge to amend the Health and Safety regulations, requiring every employer to make provision around mental, as well as physical, first aid.

bira’s Andrew Goodacre co-signed the letter in 2018 in order to support retailers with dealing with any issues that arise both physically and mentally within their business. Andrew Goodacre is keen to stress that this must be handled as part of the training retailers would already have to deal with physical health, in order to avoid placing more of a burden on retailers.

Find out more about the campaign here.