Today, we teamed up with mental health campaigner Natasha Devon OBE, Mental Health First Aid England and a raft of celebrities, including Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Luciana Berger MP to call for workplace to make better provisions for mental health in the workplace.
We launched our fantastic campaign, Where’s Your Head At, in May, and since then we’ve had almost 200,000 signatures on our petition, and support from celebrities including Professor Green, Fearne Cotton and the cast of Love Island, as well as a huge amount of support from business.
And now? We want the law changed. It’s currently a legal requirement to have a medical first aider in most workplaces, but there’s no provision for mental health first aiders in the same way, and we want this to change. Which is why we went to Downing Street today to deliver our petition directly to Theresa May.
The numbers speak for themselves: when one in six of us will experience a mental health problem in the workplace, only a quarter of manager have received any sort of mental health training, and when 90% of us still feel like there is a taboo around mental health, it’s clear that we need to act.
This is why, celebrities, business leaders and MPs all came together at parliament today, in the week of World Mental Health Day, to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the campaign so far, and most importantly, call for change.
Click through to see pictures from todays event where we delivered our petition to Theresa May...
Rachel Riley showing her support for having mental health first aiders at work.
Because it’s not over yet - we still need to get this issue debated in parliament, and ultimately for the law to be changed. So please do continue to lend your support by signing the petition. Or, if you’ve already done that, tweet our email your local MP and let them know how important this campaign is to you - it really will make a difference.