First Aid and Mental Health: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number members of the public who have been trained in basic mental health awareness and first aid by the Government since June 2017.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The information is not available. In October 2017, the Government announced plans to launch a new £15 million programme in 2018, which will see at least one million people trained in basic mental health ‘first aid’ skills. The programme is expected to launch later this year.

In addition, we are committed to training a member of staff in mental health awareness in every primary and secondary school by 2022. By April this year we had trained over 1,300 staff in over 1,000 schools. We aim to reach every secondary school by 2019 and every primary school by 2022.

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