Every workplace should have a mental health first aider, says government

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 25 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5087
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

All workplaces should ensure an employee is trained in “first aid” mental health for any members of staff who need help, according to the government.

In its new No health without mental health: implementation framework, published on 24 July, the Department of Health called for mental health to be treated as seriously as physical health.1

The framework for England sets out practical steps and action that organisations can take to make the six high-level objectives of last year’s mental health strategy No health without mental health a reality.2

Mental ill health is estimated to cost British businesses almost £30bn (€39bn; $47bn) across the UK economy a year—mostly because of lost production from staff being …

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