This article highlights important matters appertaining to stress within the teaching profession. However, it is our experience that most Schools do not have adequate strategies in place to protect teachers from stress. There should be an EAP in place to support teachers as well as dealing with those aspects of their working lives which are impacting them.
Why is it that so many Schools do not have in place well thought out and highly professional services appertaining to stress management? It would seem that the students get better service provision related to counselling and advice with regards to stress management than the staff.
The fact that "teachers have a higher rate of suicide than the general population." is very worrying. In this article like many others what is being looked at is reducing working hours, streamlining functions within work, removing tasks which are superfluous and whilst all well and good, what should also be in place is brief solution focused therapy, tailored to the demands of teaching. At the same time hold workshops on how to manage one's own stress looking at a range of factors including diet, reduction of alcohol and caffeine plus taking appropriate exercise as well as teaching breathing techniques, autogenic therapy, self hypnosis and meditation.
Much more can be done if only educational establishments were proactive.
"teaching is the most stressful occupation in the UK with 41.5% of teachers reporting themselves as "highly stressed". A 2003 survey found that one in three teachers took sick leave in 2002 as a result of work-related stress."
As one can see, teaching is highly stressful, so why is more not being done? And this article was from 2009, imagine what it must be like now?
Former Secondary School Teacher plus Cross Curriculum Manager. Retrained some fourteen years ago as an Accredted Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. Also trained as a Stress Management Counsellor.