Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:29 pm on 17th January 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 1:29 pm, 17th January 2019

I am sorry that I was not here for the beginning of the speech by Luciana Berger. I was having my own health and wellbeing check with our excellent service here. The practice nurse was particularly keen to know about my stress levels, given the experience we have all had in the last week, but I am good for another few years.

My hon. Friend may know that I am the co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness, which is a simple way of looking after employees’ mental health. Before Christmas, we held a seminar here involving military figures. He knows, from his experience, the high level of mental health issues among that group. I am glad to say that the Army is now seriously looking at how this measure can be introduced, and why wouldn’t it? This is a win-win situation: if an employer looks after its employees and its workforce, they tend to do a better job, and they look after the company or Army unit better as well.