Wellbeing & mental health in the news: March/April 2017

Various articles have been published this month about the mental health and wellbeing of education staff. We have reviewed them and picked out the best ones for you here.

How to discuss the news with your students

After the recent Westminster attacks in London, we had a heavy reminder that the world has become an increasingly uncertain place. Here we share some techniques for discussing current events with your students.

Talking therapies: the benefits & how to access them

Amidst the current  'epidemic’ of mental health issues in education, psychotherapist Bev Gold, outlines the benefits of talking therapies and how to access them. 

Improving staff wellbeing & morale at City of London Academy

Hannah Mathews leads on wellbeing at City of London Academy in Southwark. Here she outlines the work that has been done to improve staff wellbeing, morale and retention making the school a more positive place to work.

Finding a new kind of perfect

Teaching seems to attract a disproportionate amount of people prone to perfectionism. Alex Bell discusses why and what can be done about it. 

Mental health: The oxygen mask approach

How can teachers be expected to adequately support children’s mental wellbeing when their own is under such pressure? The oxygen mask approach! 

Not everyone leaving teaching is cartwheeling out of the job

Matt Butcher teacher, dad and blogger writes an emotional account of his difficult decision to leave teaching.  


A day in the life of a helpline counsellor

One of our helpline counsellors talks about the types of calls we receive and how we help the education staff who contact us in distress on a daily basis.

Creating a culture of wellbeing in schools

Teacher and researcher, Emma Kell, has identified key ways that can promote positive experiences of teaching and boost wellbeing in schools. 

Leadership wellbeing: It’s good to talk

With huge pressure on today’s school leaders, our Chief Executive, Julian Stanley discusses the programmes offering wellbeing and mental health support to school leaders. 

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