More than half of educational staff say their job is affecting their mental health, a new survey suggests.
The ATL survey of over 900 school and college staff suggested that teachers are increasingly facing mental health problems because of pressures in their working life, the Telegraph reports.
Other findings were that:
- 55% of respondents said their job had a negative impact on their mental health; of these 80% said they were stressed
- 70% said they were left feeling exhausted by their work
- 66% said their work disturbed their sleep
- 38% have seen an increase in mental health issues among colleagues over the last two years.
The union is concerned that the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in many teachers being afraid to tell their employer if they have a problem; 68% decided to keep it a secret, compared with 38% with a physical health issue.
Mary Bousted, ATL’s general secretary, said she was shocked at the rise in mental health problems amongst teachers, lecturers and other staff: “They need to be supported better, with schools and colleges making adjustments to jobs and working conditions where necessary.” A conference resolution called on the union to establish a working group to look at the impact of performance-management systems on staff with mental health problems or hidden disabilities.
Is your job having a negative impact on your mental health – and if so what could be done to lessen the damage?