Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 and this year The Mental Health Foundation is raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and highlighting practical steps we can take to address it.

Loneliness has a massive effect on people’s mental health, more so over the last couple of years, and the impact of this is still being felt even now.

Many people, especially those between the ages of 16-39, have experienced loneliness and as a training provider who specialise in working with apprentices of this age, Saks Apprenticeships have a duty of care to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved with us.

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We have in place many innovative and accessible solutions to help apprentices, employers and employees who may be suffering from loneliness. These programs offer everyone involved with Saks Apprenticeships the chance to get involved in discussions, friendly competitions, and development opportunities and to keep interacting with people who have similar interests.

Our experienced educators, expertly trained by MIND Darlington, are always around to talk through any problems our apprentices, colleagues and employers may be having. Many people find that sharing their experiences with someone they trust can help them feel better and that’s exactly what our team can do. Just look at these comments from our apprentices.

“Catch ups with my Saks Apprenticeships educator are very useful as they keep me focused and give me a routine”

"Saks Apprenticeships helped me get to where I am now by just being so supportive”.

“The Saks Apprenticeships Zoom calls helped keep me in the loop and reminded me I am still working towards something”

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A career in hair and beauty is a fantastic way to help people suffering from loneliness, you get to interact with a wide range of people daily and the hair and beauty community so one of the friendliest around.

if you know someone who might need a person to talk to or could do with a few minutes in a friendly, welcoming, and open atmosphere where they can relax and unwind, treat them to visit their local salon or even visit one of the Saks Academies where they will be able to have a tea and chat with the amazing stylists and therapists.

For more help and advice on how to cope with loneliness and improve your mental health pop on over to The Mental Health Foundation website where there are some great coping strategies that you might find useful.