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A dreadful assault on teachers’ mental health and well being

Over two thirds (67%) of teachers say their job has adversely affected their mental health in the last 12 months , a survey by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has found.

Over three quarters (78%) of teachers reported experiencing work related anxiousness, 84% sleeplessness and 33% poor health

More than one in ten (11%) reported that the strain of their job has led to relationship breakdown and a quarter (25%) reported increased use of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine to help them cope. Worryingly, nearly 2% said they had self-harmed as a result of work-related pressures.

84% said their job has impacted negatively on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months and 83% said they have experienced more workplace stress in the last year.

Nearly half (48%) have seen a doctor in the last 12 months as a result of work related physical or mental health problems, over a third (37%) have taken medication, 13% have undergone counselling and nearly 5% have been admitted to hospital.

The findings, from the NASUWT’s annual Big Question survey, are being released as teachers at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference in Cardiff debate a motion condemning the lack of support for teachers with mental health issues.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“These figures make frightening and disturbing reading.

“Teachers’ health and wellbeing has deteriorated dramatically over the last four years.

“The health and wellbeing of the workforce has never been a priority for this Coalition Government.

“Its denigration of teachers, relentless attacks on their pay and conditions of service, the punitive accountability regime and the Coalition’s refusal to address the increasing culture of command and control management, combined with its contempt for health, safety and welfare provisions, has taken a dreadful toll on teachers.

“The scale of the problem is unprecedented. Teachers are being broken and damaged and their lives blighted and it is clear where the responsibility lies.”

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This entry was posted on April 10, 2015 by in The NASUWT.

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