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World  Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020

Friday 9th October 2020
Yahia Rezgui

Free Mental Health Support for Apprentices
Coping with anxiety, worry and stress during the COVID-19 crisis is an issue that affects many of us.
Concerns about finances and looking after family or friends while learning how to work in a new way during the Covid-19 pandemic may be increasing stress levels, and it is understandable many people are finding it hard to cope at times.
But there is free support available!
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is a service funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. It provides advice, information, support and tools to help support staff with mental health conditions.
What support is available?
Here at Oxford Applied Training we support our apprentices though the the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service with a confidential service designed around their needs and daily routine.
Through the service OAT has access to qualified health care professionals who will have experience of working with people with mental health difficulties, knowledge that can be accessed any time.
Who delivers the Mental Health Support Service?
The Mental Health Support Service scheme is delivered by a nationwide network of specialists in the field of mental and occupational health.
The service is provided on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), designed to provide help to people living with mental health difficulties and fully funded by the DWP.
What are the benefits to apprentices?
The support provided under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service can help apprentices with mental health difficulties deal with their problems before they become insurmountable, which in turn reduces the risk to the employer by making sure that the time and resources invested have a successful outcome for everyone.
Mental health support helps to improve an apprentice's attendance and performance and the likelihood of them completing their studies.
We at OAT are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace, to providing support to keep our apprentices engaged and to create a positive work environment.
Does it cost anything?
There is no charge to use the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This includes all the calls, meetings, expert advice, guidance and materials.
It does not matter how often the service is used, all support provided under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
What resources are available?
Specialist advisors can offer a package of support, which includes:

  • Emotional wellbeing support and advice
  • Advice on simple workplace adjustments
  • Successful coping strategies
  • A step-by-step support plan

To find out more about this particular scheme or the many other ways we look after the wellbeing of our apprentices here at Oxford Applied Training please contact us today or call us on 01235430460 for an initial confidential consultation.