Counsellors at the Education Support Partnership, a charity that helps education staff with their mental health, dealt with 9,615 cases between April 2018 and March 2019 – a 28 per cent rise from two years ago.
The number of callers clinically assessed to be at risk of suicide also rose by 57 per cent in a year – from 357 in 2017-18 to 561 in 2018-19, the charity said.
In March, the charity managed 1,156 cases, making it the busiest month its helpline has ever had. More than half (57 per cent) of all the cases involved teachers who have been only been working in the profession for less than five years, it said.
The charity’s chief executive Sinead Mc Brearty told The Independent that the report raised “deep concerns”.
Cases related to workplace stress jumped by 49 per cent compared to last year. Other prominent issues for education staff included redundancies, workplace bullying and harassment. with less, as the pressures of high-stakes accountability, the funding crisis, and heavy workloads bear down.
A department for education spokesperson said: “In March, the secretary of state announced the launch of an expert advisory group to look at how teachers and school leaders can be better supported to deal with the pressures of the job, which builds on our teacher recruitment and retention strategy which focuses on the importance of developing supportive cultures.”
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