Sinn Féin propose workplace mental health first aid training

Training will be provided to ensure dedicated mental health first aiders are available in local workplaces, if a Sinn Féin motion before Derry City and Strabane District Council is successful.

Commenting on the proposal, Sinn Féin Councillor Emma McGinley urged all parties to back the plan.

Cllr. McGinley said: “Providing mental health first aid training will be a vital resource to help people spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues and to have the confidence to step in and the knowledge to help.

“If passed, my motion will commit the council to sourcing training in order to have a mental health first aider in each workplace to support staff and promote mental well being.

“Council will work with local businesses across the city and district towards this goal and I would hope that all parties could support this initiative.

“There isn’t a family in this city that hasn’t been touched in some way by mental health related issues so we need to make this a priority for the council and wider government, particularly as we emerge from a pandemic that will only exacerbate the mental health problems that many people face.”