Teachers and lecturers are at high risk of experiencing work related stress, depression and anxiety due to the increasing demands of the role. Indeed, we have observed during our careers as psychotherapists that a large percentage of our client group work in schools and universities. The statistics below indicate the level of the problem we target. We are therefore keen to promote a healthy workforce using preventative strategies.
Out of a surveyed 3 500 teachers:
68% have considered quitting in the last year
50% have seen a doctor relating to work problems
13% had counselling
2% self harm due to stress
‘Absence protection’, a provider of insurance for the education sector, said that stress is the biggest reason for staff absence and that 55% of their customers made a claim on their policy due to being off with work stress.
We have also noted that a significant proportion of our clients report mental health difficulties originating in adolescence. It has been widely reported that common mental health disorders negatively impact on academic performance and social functioning. We believe that effective recognition and early management will be of great benefit to students and their future development. The importance of this has been highlighted by the “Mental Health and Behaviour in schools” advice document published by the Department of Education in June 2014, which states that 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder.