World Mental Health Day: workplace wellbeing

It is World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10th October and this year's theme is Mental health in the workplace. 

Our recent Health Survey showed that an overwhelming majority of the UK’s education professionals say they have suffered physical and mental health issues as a result of their jobsThe YouGov research, commissioned by us, reveals a bleak picture of the impact current pressures can have on those working in the sector. 

To help address some of these issues we have compiled our latest guides, factsheets, blogs and video for practical advice on addressing wellbeing and mental health issues. We hope you find these useful. Please share them with your friends and colleagues who work in education. 

How to handle stress
In our latest Health Survey, 75% of education staff said they had suffered from stress in the last 2 years. In response we have put together these practical techniques to help you handle stress. 

Managing workload anxiety
This factsheet addresses how you should be able to reduce anxiety around your workload with practical tips to help ground you despite the piles of paperwork!

Looking after teacher wellbeing 
Teacher wellbeing can be overlooked as a ‘nice to have’ rather than as essential. But, from an organisational perspective, employee wellbeing is an important factor in quality, performance and productivity.

Grappling with work-life balance
Learn how to find that ever-elusive sweet spot of a work-life balance.

Need to talk? 
Having an impartial ear to listen when you are suffering from stress and anxiety is vital says lecturer Karen.

Meditation & visualisation for stress and anxiety
With 84% of those in education admitting to suffering mental health issues, meditation has become a key technique for many of us to help deal with stress and anxiety.Here Vanessa Potter, who over the course of 72 hours in 2012, dramatically lost her sight, explains how she used mediation and visualisation to cope and aid her recovery.

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. 

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! 

Staff wellbeing: A whole-school approach
The evidence suggests that a focus on staff wellbeing can lead to raised pupil attainment. 

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. 

Mental health in the workplace
Chris, an engineering lecturer, kindly shared his mental health story with us. 

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.