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Teachers open up about mental health in a new BBC Teach film

Two teachers open up about their mental health as part of a new BBC Teach film, and talk about how it can help to encourage an open conversation in school.

In the film, Graham Rutland, who teaches English and Media Studies at Jo Richardson Community School, takes the brave step of revealing his own anxiety issues to students.

He hopes it will inspire them and others to be more open about mental health issues: 

“I think to encourage people to talk more about mental health you have got to model it. You've got to show people that you can do it and you can be unafraid in doing it and you can be accepted in doing it.”

Laura Nykolyszyn, a mental health lead and foundation teacher remembers what she once felt like:

“I felt I was not good enough to be a teacher.” She adds: “It is tricky to talk about sometimes, it sort of did happen a while ago now but it does still affect me today.”

In the film she talks about the importance of having an open culture:

“It works exactly both ways for the adults and the children and I think initially having that open culture of just conversation and be willing to speak about it will start something positive in the school to do with mental health and wellbeing.”

Go to Teacher Support at bbc.co.uk/teach to watch the full 5 minute film or you can watch a short clip of some of their top tips below: 

And if it at any time it gets too much, you can call our free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.