Make mental health as important as first aid, say business leaders

Business leaders and unions have called for mental health to be given the same weight as physical first aid in workplace legislation.

An open letter urging Theresa May to prioritise manifesto pledges to act on mental health has been signed by some of Britain’s biggest employers, including Royal Mail, WH Smith, Mace, Channel 4 and Ford, as well as the Unite union.

May said last year she would shake up mental health service provision, describing the shortfall as “one of the burning injustices in our country”.

The letter calls for the government to overhaul health and safety rules to equip first aiders to deal with early signs of mental health problems, as much as handing out bandages or performing CPR.

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