Dr Kirsten Johnson, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon and a Mental Health First Aider, entered politics because of her concern over mental health provision. She welcomes the debate in Parliament on January 17th on incorporating Mental Health First Aid into First Aid at Work legislation.
Kirsten says, “One of the reasons I entered politics, as a career musician, was my concern over mental health and lack of provision for those experiencing mental ill-health.”
In March 2015 Kirsten Johnson successfully amended Liberal Democrat party policy on Mental Health to include incorporating mental health first aid into physical First Aid at Work courses.
Kirsten then worked with Norman Lamb MP in 2016 on an Early Day Motion proposing to change the law so that mental health first aid was required under Health & Safety legislation.
Kirsten says, “Norman Lamb MP and I attended Mental Health First Aid training together and we are both Mental Health First Aiders. I am so pleased to see that our work has led to cross-party support of this initiative. I very much hope the Backbench Business debate on Thursday, January 17th, leads to changes in legislation. It is imperative that mental health first aid be given equal footing to physical first aid in the work place.”
Follow the links below for articles by Kirsten Johnson on Mental Health First Aid:
- Reporting on Kirsten's lead to change Lib Dem policy to include Mental Health First Aid
- Early Day Motion 505