Large employers urge Government to make MHFA training mandatory for all workplaces.


FTSE 100 organisations alone have trained more than 10,000 employees in Mental Health First Aid and during the last year more than 50 business leaders from some of the UK’s biggest employers, including Royal Mail and PwC, urged the government to make MHFA training mandatory for all workplaces and amend health and safety legislation so that mental health at work is valued in the same way as physical health.

One in four people will experience a mental health episode each year, yet only one in eight adults with a mental health condition are currently believed to be receiving the treatment and support they need.

The financial cost to British business of mental ill health is estimated to be at least £26 billion per year – that’s equivalent to £1,035 for every employee. Research indicates that the return from £1 invested in health promotion and intervention is £5 in reduced absenteeism, temporary staff and presenteeism.

Fiona Sanderson, founder of Work Wellness, Occupational Health Specialist Practitioners providing MHFA England accredited Mental Health First Aid Training comments that by having a clear strategy in place that proactively protects and cares for mental health issues, employers will reap the rewards of a robust and resilient workforce. Work Wellness are ready to advise and support your business ‘keeping your workforce well’.

Learn more and support your workforce with Specialist Occupational Health and accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training provider Work Wellness Ltd.