Ynys Môn MP backs call for compulsory mental health training

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has backed a parliamentary bill that aims to make it compulsory for mental health first aid to be available in every workplace.

The Ten Minute Rule Bill, presented by Watford MP Dean Russell today, took a step further to becoming law and will now go to its first reading this week.

Virginia is a champion for mental health on the island and she recently worked with Local Conversations Project Môn CF to fund training for 100 mental health first aiders for Anglesey.

Her Mental Health 100 campaign provides life-saving support for individuals who are struggling and need support.

The Bill has similar aims as Virginia’s campaign and is designed to make mental health first-aid part of first-aid training requirements in workplaces as well as in wider society.

If successful, employers and colleagues could play a part in spotting symptoms, signposting people to further help, or simply just listening.

“I was proud to step forward and support this fantastic bill that really complements my work on the island with the brilliant Môn CF to make sure we have trained mental health first aiders in our communities,” said Virginia.

“Mental health is a major issue and one that has grown with the challenges so many people have suffered during the last 12 months of Covid – from bereavement to job losses and isolation.

“Having support in the workplace and my Mental Health 100 campaign, could be a life saver for people in real distress and I hope this bill becomes law.”

A Ten Minute Rule Bill is a type of Private Members’ Bill that allows a backbench MP to make their case for new legislation in a speech lasting up to ten minutes.

If the MP is successful, the Bill is taken to have had its first reading.

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