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Mental health first aid can have negative impacts

Employees' lives could be at risk because of poorly-run mental health first aid (MHFA) initiatives

Poorly-understood and badly-delivered MHFA programmes in the workplace could have negative consequences, according to Emily Pearson, founder of corporate mental health consultancy Our Mind's Work.

Speaking to HR magazine, she said that a lack of regulation and governance around MHFA is cause for serious concern: “This can lead to tragedy. What we’re talking about here is a potential loss of life; that’s the consequence. Thank god there have not been any reported suicides as a result of badly-run mental health first aid, but from talking to people there have been some very close calls. It really is just a matter of time.”

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August 8, 2019

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