Construction mental health charity Mates in Mind has launched a survey for apprentices to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
Mates in Mind has said that the survey aims to help the organisation gain a better understanding of what apprentices who want to work in the construction sector feel about mental health.
The charity hopes to use the survey result to help improve awareness and gain insight into the support the support students need during their apprenticeships.
The work for apprentices is being funded by money awarded to Mates in Mind by construction welfare organisation B&CE under the Mowlem Award grant.
“Mates in Mind is striving to improve apprentices’ mental health because we understand that the challenges of poor mental health are affecting young people across our industries,” said Mates in Mind director of strategy Joscelyne Shaw. “As reported by the World Health Organisation, half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, and three-quarters by mid-20s. Moreover, poor mental health can have an impact on future generations, contributing further to cycles of inequality and ill health that may run through some families.
“With our work across the construction industry now reaching over 188,000 workers through our 210 supporter organisations, we are striving to provide apprentices and young people with the best starting point at the beginning of their careers.
“Using the funding provided by the B&CE, Mates in Mind has launched its Apprentices’ Mental Health Survey. The results of the survey will provide us with insights and an evidence base about apprentices’ mental health from which we will develop a programme tailored to their needs and responding to their concerns.
Mates in Mind is urging all UK employers, colleges and apprentices’ schemes to encourage their apprentices to take part in its survey. The survey can be found here and all responses are anonymous.