Mental Health First Aid England have recently set up a campaign called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’
The campaign entails an open letter to Theresa May, urging for a serious change for mental health care.
The letter is signed by 50 business leaders from some of Britain’s biggest companies, including PWC and Royal Mail.
It illustrates that days lost to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety cost the economy almost £35 billion a year.
Why we need the change.
Not only would the change help our economy, but access to help is more than important to improve the overall well-being of our country.
“The workplace is where we spend most of our adult lives but unfortunately it’s also a place where mental well-being is the most neglected.”
1 in 4 of us struggle with mental health every year, yet most workplaces don’t have anyone on hand that knows how to help.
This causes most people to suffer in silence.
What change is needed?
The organiser of the campaign, Natasha Devon, contends that there must be a change in the law to require any business large enough to need a trained first aider, to also have a trained mental health professional.
Natasha has published a petition for this campaign which already has over 200,00 signatures.
The campaign as a whole, was created in hope to be the catalyst needed for the government to push through the change as their response in the past has been that “they didn’t want to force businesses to do something they might not support.”
However, clearly even the largest business in the country are more than willing to implement this change, and are even extremely passionate about it;
Stephen Clarke, chief executive of WH Smith, one of the open letter co-signers, said: “We firmly believe that everyone should have access to first aid support for their mental health, regardless of where they work.”
No one will be ‘forced’ to do anything they ‘don’t support’.
We will all simply be working together towards dramatically increasing the well-being of our country.
Who doesn’t want that?
These reputable organisations helping to remove the stigma around mental health is a huge great step towards the transformation we need.
Success will ensure every employee has the right to a mentally healthy environment.
We, at Dr Julian, thoroughly back this campaign.
“We all have mental health just as we have physical health, so let’s change the law to reflect this”.
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