In response to a steep rise in people expressing mental health issues and distress, the UK is training record numbers of workplace mental health first aiders.
Businesses and organisations both large and small, are appointing and training first responders who provide confidential support to colleagues suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health conditions.
Often referred to as buddies, advocates or champions, more than half the FTSE 100 companies now have mental health first aiders.
Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), a national training body, detailed that from 2018-19, over 140,000 people were trained. To date, almost half a million people have been through an MHFA programme. Quite an achievement.