Teacher’s Mental Health: Stress Will Inevitably Cascade To Pupils
Teachers who suffer from stress, depression or any mental health difficulties also experience stigma as being perceived for being unable to cope up. Some of these educators could not admit to the management team that their stress levels have become unbearable, and that they feel overworked and overstretched, underpaid and undervalued. These teachers are ready to snap any minute.
These feelings are present to any profession but the stigma in caring vocations like nursing and teaching are more potent according to TES report. Teachers who have high level of stress will inevitably cascade it to their pupils.
Schools need to provide mental health support not only for students but also for the teachers as well. However, more than half of the school leaders are saying that finding services is difficult.
The demand for mental services in England and Wales appears to be increasing. According to school leaders, more pupils are bringing more worries into the school than they did five years ago. It is not clear if teacher's stress level has affected this number of students feeling more stressed.
Mental health problems have different degrees and affects students or teachers differently. However, school leaders feel that people seems to underestimate the level of mental health problems especially among the pupils.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to understand and help people who may be experiencing mental health problems. Being able to recognize early signs of stress or depression is as important as giving physical first aid.
MHFA started in Australia in 2000 and has now reached to more than 23 countries. They have trained more than 1200 instructors in England to cover 150,000 people. Helping teachers cope up with their stress, depression or any mental health problems can also help students overcome their struggles.