Meet Jane

Jane is a real person, but her name has been changed and her photo is posed by a model to protect her identity. Jane called Education Support Partnership (formerly TSN) for help in 2013. She offered to share her story to help us publicise the work we do to help teachers.

My story is all too common. One year ago I was finding the pressure too much. You wouldn't have known it to look at me. I loved my job and rose to every challenge.

On the outside I was the confident head of a thriving department. But inside I was struggling to cope.

Being a teacher was everything I'd hoped for. And a lot more besides.

Ever since I was a child, I'd dreamed of being a teacher. 

So when I finally stood in front of a class of children I was thrilled. I loved being in the classroom teaching my subject.

But, as you know, there's so much more to the job. There were so many procedures to follow, targets to meet and inspections to face.

That's when the problems started. I was struggling with the enormous workload, thinking 'How will I keep doing this?'.

I wasn't coping and couldn't sleep. I got regular migraines and fell ill most holidays. But I ignored the warning signs, made excuses and carried on.

I should have spoken to someone, but I didn't want to burden my colleagues or family. I thought no one outside teaching would understand.

Keeping it bottled up was the worst thing to do. It led to a nervous breakdown and time away from my job.

I felt lost and out of control. Teaching was all I'd ever wanted to do, yet, I feared I could never go back.

I phoned Education Support Partnership and they were really sympathetic. They offered support and helped me put in place a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to get back on my feet.

The call in itself was really useful and it was reassuring to know I could call back if I wanted to.

The best thing about Education Support Partnership is that they understand what staff in education are going through.

I'm still on the road to recovery but I am back at work. I would say that if you are stressed and don't feel like yourself and don't want to worry your friends and family, please call Education Support Partnership,

There is someone there who will listen, support you and won't judge you.