Meet Laura

Laura Braun was miserable and suffering from panic attacks. A call to our helpline clarified what she wanted out of her life and career.

I have been teaching for years in primary schools and love it. However since having my two children I was finding that I was working for at least ten hours at the weekend and most evenings too, and still not getting all my work done. 

My husband, who is superbly supportive, was starting to notice that I was getting more and more miserable. I felt that I was not being either a teacher or a mother properly.

Laura Braun and family

 

I had move to a new school as acting deputy as I felt that I needed a change and that it might refresh me. However it just made things worse and my feelings of failure increased.

After a weekend away with my best friend I thought I would come back refreshed and reinvigorated. However it was the start of a week of panic attacks and desperation.

Call to the Education Support helpline

I remembered seeing an advert for the Education Support helpline somewhere and thought I would call and give it a try!

I don't know what I was expecting when I called, maybe a non-judgemental ear or some suggestions. The lady I spoke to was exceptional. She listened to me babble on, cry and 'get it all out' in a none too coherent manner. She repeated back to me what I had said, which really clarified how I felt. She asked me questions and didn't rush me for answers. She made me think carefully about my situation and about what I wanted to change and how. 

Life taking a new direction

I gave it two days of thought and then handed in my notice at school. I made some calls to supply agencies and organised some tutoring. I am about to start three days a week of planning, preparation and assessment cover with no outside school commitments.

I am going to be far poorer, but so so much happier and I am really looking forward to spending more time with my children.  I will however go back to full time teaching at some point as I would still like to be a deputy!

The phone call to your helpline was absolutely the moment when things started to get better. I cannot thank you enough. Your number needs to be on every staffroom wall.

How we can help

  • Help for individuals  
    Sometimes work (or just life) can be tough. A challenging student, an Ofsted inspection, personal financial worries; there are many stresses on those who work in education. That’s why we offer free, confidential help and support, no matter what your problem.
  • Help for organisations 
    Working in education is demanding so we’ve designed a set of services to help you check how your teams are coping, troubleshoot problems and boost everyone’s wellbeing.