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High Workloads Are Harming Teachers’ Mental Health | Huffington Post

Chris Keates, General Secretary of The NASUWT writes in the Huffington Post:

“The latest figures highlight that almost half of teachers have seen a doctor in the last 12 months as a result of work related physical or mental health problems, 14% have undergone counselling and 5% have been admitted to hospital.

Over three-quarters reported experiencing work related anxiousness; 86% have suffered sleeplessness and a third report poor health.

10% of teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressants to help them cope with work and 7% of teachers use or have increased their reliance on prescription drugs. Of even deeper concern is that fact that 2% of teachers report self-harming as a result of work-related pressures

22% of teachers have increased their use of alcohol, 21% have increased their use of caffeine and 5% increased their use of tobacco to help them manage work-related stress.”

As part of the NASUWT’s campaign to highlight and address the critical issue of the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and other workers, the Union has submitted a motion to TUC Congress on mental health calling for a series of actions to be taken.

Does your school have a wellbeing policy?

Check these links:

Managing your mental health and wellbeing

Stress in the workplace NASUWT

Wellbeing in the workplace: workplace audits

Work and wellbeing – a trade union resource TUC

 

Source: High Workloads Are Harming Teachers’ Mental Health | Huffington Post

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