Teachers ‘walking away from the job to salvage their mental health’

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Nearly two-thirds of teachers feel their job has adversely impacted their mental health, according to a survey by the NASUWT Scotland union that appeared in the TES.

The survey also shows that in the past 12 months, as a result of their job:

  • 75 per cent of teachers had experienced anxiety.
  • 83 per cent had suffered from loss of sleep.
  • 21 per cent had increased their use of alcohol.
  • 9 per cent had suffered a relationship breakdown.
  • 2 per cent had self-harmed.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said it was “clear that the mental and physical health of too many dedicated and talented teachers is being broken” by such pressures.

She added: “Many teachers are walking away from the profession to salvage their health and family relationships, and this, in turn, is understandably deterring new recruits from choosing a career in teaching.

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