Proposal 014 - Laura Anne Jones MS

Published 21/09/2021   |   Last Updated 21/09/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The following is a proposal for a Member Bill tabled during the Sixth Senedd:

Proposing Member:

Laura Anne Jones MS

Title of the proposed Bill:

Mental Health First Aid (Wales) Bill

Policy Objectives of the proposed Bill:

The purpose of the Bill would be to increase the amount of mental health first aiders across Wales.

The Bill would also aim to:

  • Ensure that Mental Health First Aid is made mandatory (in law) in all recognised First Aid Courses.
  • Aid and support businesses in Wales to have a designated mental health first aid trained employee.
  • Place a duty on Ministers to work with Local Authorities, community and religious groups, and other stakeholders, to ensure every community has access to mental health first aiders, and training.
  • Ensure that there is a mandatory requirement for all schools to have mental health first aid ambassadors, both among the staff and pupil cohort.
  • Incorporate mental health first aid training into teacher and school staff training.