Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. Work related mental health issues must be assessed to measure the risk levels to staff. Where risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove it, or reduce it as far as reasonably practicable.
It is possible that some employees will have pre-existing physical or mental health conditions when recruited or may develop one caused by work-related factors. Their employers may have further legal requirements to make reasonable adjustments under the equalities legislation.
The government commissioned report ‘Thriving at work’ sets out a framework of actions called ‘Core Standards’ which recommend employers of all sizes can and should put in place. The standards have been designed to help employers improve the mental health of their workforce.
First Aid for Mental Health Aims
Preserve life where a person could be a danger to themselves or others. Alleviate suffering by providing immediate comfort and support. Prevent the condition from developing into a more serious problem. Promote recovery of good mental health by signposting and obtaining professional support.
Our First Aid for Mental Health courses are awarded certification by the First Aid Awards Ltd, who are regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).