Mental health resource for apprentices

You have the right to be supported and treated fairly at work. Check out our Mental Health resources for help and advice.

Introduction to Mental Health at Work

We've developed this resource with expert information from Penumbra, a leading Scottish mental health charity. It aims to support you in seeking help for mental health difficulties, and explains what you and your employer can do at work.

What is mental health?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.

What are mental health difficulties?

What we mean by mental health difficulties and what can help at work.

Looking after your mental health at work

Work can often help our mental wellbeing. However, sometimes work brings pressures which add to mental health problems.

Talking to your employer about mental health

Advice about talking to your employer or learning provider to get mental health support.

How can your employer help you?

Employers have legal duties around mental health and can support you in many ways.

Support organisations for mental health

If you're struggling with your mental health, you should seek help from your GP and/or a professional support organisation.

Your GP may have recommendations in your local area. We've also listed some support organisations here.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a national telephone support service run by the NHS. It provides emotional support 24 hours a day and can be called by anyone needing someone to talk to.


If you're under 19 and in the UK, you can get online advice and a helpline.

Mental Health Support Service (Access to Work) for Apprentices

If you're having more down days or feeling anxious in your role, you are not alone. The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is easy to access and there's no cost.

NHS 24

NHS 24 offers healthcare support and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Penumbra provides a wide range of mental health support services across Scotland.


Samaritans provides a non-judgemental listening space for any kind of emotional distress including, but not only, feelings about suicide. You can call Samaritans free at any time of the day.

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health)

SAMH provides a wide range of mental health support services across Scotland.

See Me

See Me is Scotland’s national campaign to end stigma around mental health.

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If you need support

We're grateful to mental health charity Penumbra for providing advice and information on mental health for this resource. If you need support, you should contact your GP or professional mental-health support organisation.

We've listed some mental health support organisations on this page.