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In a mental health emergency – can you share staff data?

New guidance has been published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to help employers with whether they can share staff data if they have a mental health emergency.

An employer may become aware that an employee, because of their mental health, is at risk of causing serious harm to others or themselves. In this situation, the ICO advises that they should feel able to share information with the relevant and appropriate emergency services or health professionals without delay.

The guidance helps employers to identify what a mental health emergency is and what they should do, as well as what they could do, in that situation without running the risk of getting into trouble for sharing data.

Since a mental health emergency can happen at any time, the guidance also sets out steps employers can take in advance so that they are prepared. See the guidance at:


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