Teachers ‘unable to support pupils’ mental health’

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Teachers lack training to help pupils with mental health issues, and many struggle with their own problems, poll shows.

Most teachers feel they lack the training to help pupils with mental health problems, while around half say the pressures of the job have contributed to them suffering from conditions such as depression and anxiety themselves.

In a survey by Mental Health Foundation Scotland, only 13 per cent of teachers said they had received “mental health first-aid” training, and 71 per cent said they lacked the skills to help pupils with their mental health difficulties.

Some 85 per cent of the teachers surveyed said that if they were given more training in this area, it could help them to better take care of their own emotional condition.

He added: “Our research also shows that around half of teachers have struggled with their own mental health due to the pressures of their job. It’s clear that investing in training will not only benefit pupils but will also help teachers look after their own emotional health.

“Stress in adults can often leak into young minds, which is why addressing teacher mental health is equally important. We need a whole-school approach where pupils and staff can support one another to thrive.”

Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Ltd offers the 2-day Youth Mental Health First Aid course which helps teachers understand and support students’ mental health.

Email info@mentalhealthwellbeingtraining.co.uk for more details.

Courses run on 25th/26th April, 21st/22nd May, and 18th/19th June in London, 10 min walk from King’s Cross.

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