Teacher wellbeing – Burnout, breakdowns and bad mental health are far too common

Teaching is one of the most difficult professions out there. Even more so if you teach challenging kids in challenging areas. Even even more so if you’re not getting the support you need. A recovering teacher writes in Teachwire.

But even during the best of times, when everything is going right, it’s a double-hard b*stard of a job.

Rewarding, like, but still, you wouldn’t want to come across it on a dark night in a rough part of town.

So here’s the thing, what occurred in my case was I had a breakdown, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, went on medication and quit teaching for the sake of my mental health.


Mine’s not a special story, it’s not even unusual. And that’s the problem, right there.

When one of the most prominent narratives in relation to the career of a teacher is that of burnout, something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

And considering what teachers achieve with what they’re given, it’s an absolute travesty.

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Does this sound familiar? What needs to be done? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin


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  1. Anonymous

    When will teachers realize, morning assembly singing is so good, not just for children, but for teachers to sing as well, and if they all sang the empowering song, ‘‘Me My Body And I’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCbPpfIGk-s‘, they would all go off to their classes super charged because that is the effect that singing has on your mental health.

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