Mental Health First Aid

In October 2017, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced a £15 million programme to fund up to 1 million people through basic MHFA skills. This programme was launched in 2018, and will continue through to 2021. I commend the work of MHFA England, who have trained more than 330,000 people to date. In particular I would like to note the results of a study completed by the University of Nottingham in April 2018 which found that there was a 91 per cent increase in understanding of mental health issues in workplaces that have received training from MHFA England. 64 per cent reported a reduction in stigma surrounding mental health as a result of the training.
 
Moreover, in November 2018 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published guidance which encourages employers to train personnel in identifying and understanding symptoms and in supporting someone who might be experiencing a mental health issue. 
 
With the change in HSE guidance and the boost of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, the culture in workplaces is already changing.