Exploring Levels of Teacher Stress and Impact on Providing Mental Health Education and Support

West MidlandsMental Health
Published Date: 1 Sep 2015

Exploring Levels of Teacher Stress and Impact on Providing Mental Health Education and Support

Background

  • UK Government guidance suggests that for teachers to be effective in the support and management of young peoples’ mental health there needs to be a “whole-school strategy” emphasising “the emotional well-being of students and school staff”. Through this approach the young adults of tomorrow will be well prepared to face the life challenges they may meet.

Objective

  • To explore levels of teacher stress in Birmingham, UK and examine how teachers feel their stress impacts on their professional capacity to provide mental health education and support for the young people in their care.

Method

  • An online survey of 320 teachers in Birmingham, UK.

Results

  • Our findings mirror existing literature revealing high levels of stress in the teaching profession.
  • Almost one quarter of teachers in our survey reporting having taken sick -leave due to stress.
  • Many respondents had considered leaving the profession altogether because of stress. 
  • Time pressures and workload were cited as the most common cause of stress, with fear of stigma acting as an obstacle to help -seeking.