New guidance has been published by the Department for Education on “Practical materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing”. There’s a growing base of resources to help teachers support students’ mental health and wellbeing (indeed, we’ve just extended our content for your customised planners to further support your PSHE lessons and pastoral care). However…
“Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others”
A study from UCL reveals that one in twenty teachers (in England) are reporting a long lasting mental health problem – a five-fold increase since the 1990s.
What help and support is there for teachers? We’re investigating how we can evolve our products to provide more support to teachers as well as to students. In the process, we’ve researched what good sources of support currently exist and have put together this handy overview to get you started. It includes support networks and the main teaching unions in the UK. We understand that times are tough for teachers and paying attention to mental health and wellbeing can be an afterthought.
Education Support – Teachers Mental Health
Education Support is a UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of teachers and education staff. Their advice is backed up by years of research and support to those in need. The site has sections for individual teachers and for school leaders looking to support their staff.
Mentally Healthy Schools – Supporting Staff Wellbeing
Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality assured resources (primary school focused) that support the whole school community.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation puts prevention at the heart of what it does and has information for schools, encouraging teachers to start with their own mental health and wellbeing.
Your Grey Matters
Our content partner, Your Grey Matters offers a range of expert training, including bespoke programs on staff mental health and wellbeing. You can choose half or full day or even twilight training sessions.
The NASUWT have developed a suite of training resources that include mental health training courses.
The NASUWT has created an informative and interesting post on how likely it is for stress, anxiety and depression to increase while working from home. With guidance and tips on working from home.
The NEU gives advice on how to spot signs you’re developing a mental health condition, where to get help and returning to work. NEU gives an overview on stress and mental health issues for teachers in the workplace.
NEU also offers a PDF download, ‘Keeping Happy and Healthy’. This document gives advice on teachers worried that their mental health is suffering because of the demands of their work.
Voice The Union For Education Professionals gives advice on stress in the workplace. You can find details about their Annual Survey to track stress levels amongst members. A Stress App helps members learn to manage their stress. You can also find stress information sheets with some great insights and suggestions on how to tackle stress (members only). They also advise getting in touch with the Education Support Partnership which supports staff throughout the UK.
In a blog from NAHT they respond to new data from the Education Support Partnership. Talking about a concern for teachers through evidence of ‘serious stress from the teaching profession’.
Giving praise to teachers dealing with mental health issues and advising them to ‘take advantage’ of services like the Education Support Partnership helpline.
At The School Planner Company we have developed a number of pages to support the mental health of teachers. These can be included and adapted for your teacher planners, promoting daily mindfulness and advice on mental health issues. Every page is fully customisable and we can include information on your own programmes and strategies too.