Supporting Each Other: Mental Health Awareness Week and Beyond

This Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13th – 19th, 2024), we at Prostart want to highlight the importance of prioritising mental well-being in the workplace, both for apprentices and employers.

Apprentices: Taking Control of Your Mental Health

The apprenticeship journey is exciting, but it can also be demanding. Juggling work, studies, and personal commitments can create stress and anxiety. Here are some tips to manage your well-being:

  • Maintain Healthy Habits: Prioritize sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet to fuel your body and mind.
  • Open Communication: Talk to your employer or training provider about any challenges you’re facing.
  • Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to access resources like the free NHS helpline (111) or mental health charities like Mind ( or the Samaritans (
  • Know Your Rights: As an employee, you have the right to a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Take Breaks: Don’t be afraid to unplug and recharge during the day.

Employers: Fostering a Supportive Work Environment

Mental health awareness isn’t just a one-week event. Creating a culture of support throughout the year benefits both employers and apprentices:

  • Open Communication: Encourage open dialogue about mental health and create a safe space for apprentices to express concerns.
  • Flexible Working Arrangements: Consider flexible scheduling or remote work options to reduce stress and promote work-life balance.
  • Training & Resources: Provide access to mental health training and resources such as the ones offered by Mental Health UK (
  • Mental Health First Aid: Consider training line managers in Mental Health First Aid to equip them to identify and support apprentices experiencing mental health issues.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Offer or advertise access to EAPs if available, providing confidential counseling and support services.

Remember: By working together, we can create a thriving apprenticeship environment that prioritizes both professional development and mental wellbeing.

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Let’s Start a Conversation:

At Prostart, we’re committed to supporting both apprentices and employers in building a positive learning and work environment. During Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for resources, training recommendations, or simply to discuss how we can better support your mental well-being journey.

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