Education Support Partnership comment on the government’s plans to “transform” attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people

Julian Stanley, Chief Executive of Education Support Partnership said:

“It’s good to see the Prime Minister’s commitment to making mental health a priority.

“We are only too aware of the stresses and strains of teaching and of how easily it can become overwhelming. We help struggling teachers every day who call our confidential helpline desperate for help. Last year we helped more than 30,000 education professionals who called us in a state of crisis, panic and high distress. This continues to lead to high rates of sickness absence and teaching staff choosing to leave the profession.

“Support for teachers and other education professionals is essential to whatever may be developed in schools and colleges to support pupils and students. In our last annual health survey, the overwhelming majority of education professionals told us they had suffered from some form of mental health problem in the last two years and more than half (53%) told us they felt their ill-health had impacted on their pupil’s studies.

“We want to see the government use this opportunity to look in detail at what is happening in the education sector, to take further action to tackle unrealistic workloads and improve attitudes to mental health and staff at the chalk face as well as for the pupils they teach.”

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Notes to editors:

Education Support Partnership is the new name for the joined forces of Teacher Support Network, Recourse and Worklife Support. We believe everyone in education deserves to feel their best so we’re dedicated to helping organisations and their staff to boost health, happiness and wellbeing through individual support and great management.