No doubt about it – senior leadership is a difficult job. Yes, no one said it was going to be easy, and challenges come in all shapes and sizes – but there aren’t many tougher than ensuring the school is a mentally healthy environment in which to teach, learn and prosper. Teachwire offers some advice.
You play a vital role in creating a happy, nurturing learning space for staff and pupils, so it’s crucial that you know how to improve and maintain mental health, both for your own sake and that of others. So here are some tips to help you.
1 | Consider therapy or counselling
How can you support teachers and pupils if your own mental health is poor? You must prioritise your own psychological support.
3 | Help ‘lone’ teachers
If teachers don’t have regular access to a teaching assistant, this can mean they are a ‘single parent’ of as many as 30 children. Teaching solo is isolating. Loneliness triggers the panic/grief system in the brain which can lead to panic attacks.
Read more tips to help everyone including how to help with SATs stress and how to combat toxic-stress 7 ways to boost mental health and wellbeing for everyone in your school
Can you offer anymore tips to help staff and pupils? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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