‘Steep rise’ in teachers struggling with mental health

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Teachers are not asking for help until they are in crisis, says support charity – with number of teachers at risk of suicide rising 57% according to latest TES article.

An emotional support helpline for teachers in crisis received its highest-ever volume of calls last year. Between April 2018 and March 2019, counsellors at the Education Support Partnership dealt with 9,615 cases of both teachers and classroom support assistants in crisis – up 28% on two years ago. And the number of callers clinically assessed to be at risk of suicide rose to 561 last year, up by 57%on the previous year.

Many cases related to workplace stress, while other common issues included bullying, harassment and conflict at work, says the charity. More than half of callers were within their first five years of teaching.

Chief executive Sinead McBrearty said: “We can see a steep rise in teachers struggling to maintain good wellbeing and mental health in extremely challenging times in the profession.

“It is striking that teachers are not asking for help at the first, or even second, sign of difficulty. The vast majority of callers only get in touch when they are in crisis.

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