Oct. 10, 2018
Mental Health affects how we think, feel and act and is equally as important as physical health. Increasing pressure on teachers has led to 75% of school and college staff suffering from psychological or physical symptoms, contributing to 35,000 teachers leaving the profession this year alone. As teaching is extremely demanding both physically and mentally, it has led to a disproportionate work life balance, teachers tending to take work home at weekends or after a long and strenuous day.
On his 33rd Birthday in 2010, primary school teacher Martin Bailey attempted to commit suicide due to his deteriorating mental health. His declining health was a consequence of pressure and stress that came from his job, as well as a diet of caffeine tablets. His intention was to drive his car over a cliff and end his misery for good. It was all because of a passer-by, who persuaded him not to go through with his suicide, that he lives to tell his story and help others. Martin credits the help of the NHS and organisations such as Mind helping him to get his life back on track.
On Saturday the 6th October, Martin was the captain of the North East Elite in the charity event Edu Footy Aid which raised over £10,000 for the mental health charity Mind.
Martin Bailey said “I’m incredibly grateful for the support I received, that has meant I am alive today. This is my chance to give something back and it’s a real honour. I hope this event gets people talking and encourages people who are experiencing mental health problems to seek help.”
(You can follow Martin on Twitter @Animate2Educate)
In the UK 64% of educational professionals have expressed that they wouldn’t disclose their work or mental health struggles with their employer, possibly due to embarrassment or the fear of judgement.
The Education Support Partnership offers support and guidance for teachers. The support includes free 24/7 telephone counselling, grants, support groups and money management across the UK.
To find out more about this organisation and the help that it offers, visit their website: www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk or phone their helpline on 0800 056 2561.
Mental health charity Mind also has a great support network available for anyone who is suffering with mental health issues. Their telephone number is 0300 123 3393 and they are available between 9-6pm Monday to Friday.