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Research from leading job site, CV-Library, has found that the majority of education professionals (65.1%) actually only take one or two sick days a year. What’s more, only 14.3% said they have ‘pulled a sickie’ in the last 12 months.
For many children, the start of the new school year is a time of great excitement. The first day back after the summer holidays is a great time to catch up with friends, but it’s also a time to look to the future and take advantage of the many exciting opportunities that are in store.
Healthcare innovation company, Chanua Health, has built a 3D-printed brain to teach students about mental health. With support via the LCR 4.0 project and delivery partner Sensor City, Chanua Health was able to access and implement 3D printing technology to create a model that enables students to learn about the different parts of the brain in an interactive and engaging way.
The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and the majority (80.3%) of education professionals agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, half (50.1%) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support. That’s according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site.
During Stress Awareness Month, editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, about the mental health issues facing the teaching profession.
Hitesh highlights the importance of recognising the signs of stress in staff, and the need for heads to implement better stress management within UK education.
Robyn Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of Education Placement Group specialists in teacher recruitment, recently partnered with Education Support Partnership (ESP). ESP is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of teachers, and its free and confidential 24-hour helpline receives over 7,500 calls a year from education staff who have reached breaking point. Here she answers some questions about the rising mental health issues within teaching...
We are in a national crisis where our country’s mental health has reached a critical state. On November 6th, this was debated by MP’s in parliament at Westminster. I sat in the public gallery of the House of Commons as Catherine McKinnell, the MP from Newcastle, opened the debate by congratulating the Shaw Foundation for the great response to their petition on making mental health education compulsory in all schools.
Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.
Representatives of new partnership: (l-r) -r Nick Mitchell (principal consultant at Leeds Beckett), Dean Johnstone (chief executive of Stronger Minds), Olegs Pushkins (co-founder of Stronger Minds) and Alison Iredale (senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett).
Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin launches new initiative to educate 13 to 18 year olds
Jonny Benjamin, the man behind the worldwide #FindMike campaign, which reached 350 million people and helped saved a number of lives, launches cutting edge workshop to transform mental health for young people and get them talking about the issue.
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