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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Mental Health in Education Schools

Turning the Spotlight on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Education System

During this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to draw your attention to mental health and wellbeing within Education. Not just by equipping you with research and inspiration to support the wellbeing of the world one classroom at a time, but also by raising awareness on how education can be a profession of high stress and burnout, and why it's important for educators to wear their oxygen mask first. We hope you read, reflect, and contribute to the coversation on social media with the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

 

How well are we?
 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Mental Health in Education and Schools

The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2030 depression will be the single biggest cause of ill health in the world. If we are to shift the tide in the next decade there’s no better place to start than by taking a critical look at our education system and enquring  – “how well are we?”

With over half of lifetime mental health problems emerging before the age of 14, the role schools, teaching and educational staff can play in the wellbeing of our future generation cannot be underestimated. Read more about it and the importance of having a whole-school approach to wellbeing. If you’re in HE, take a look at this research study of undergraduate student psychological wellbeing in the higher education system which is enlightening and points towards improving the university student experience to a more wholesome one.

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Stressed spelt backwards is desserts

 

 Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Mental Health in Education and Schools

While stress isn’t a mental health problem in and of itself, when stress becomes a way of life it can have adverse effects on both our mental as well as physical wellbeing. Understanding the psychology behind the nature of “stressors” is a great place to start in order to lay the groundworks for managing stress.  

It’s also helpful to develop your own personal awareness of stress in your life. Here the SAGE Education team share some of their common stress triggers - we hope it encourages you to reflect on your own triggers too. Being open and honest about what triggers your stress is key to managing it. 

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Put on your oxygen mask first

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Mental Health in Education Schools

With so many burnt-out teachers leaving the profession, the adage, “put on your oxygen mask first” rings true now more than ever. It's not just about personal wellbeing, self-care can have a positive impact on your professional development too. 

Amongst the many approaches to self-care, mindfulness is a practice that is being widely adopted and in this series of videos you can learn what mindfulness is and how it can support you as a teacher and the students in your classroom. 

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It's the hard that makes it good

 

 Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Mental Health in Education and Schools

They say resilience is like a muscle. The more you exercise it the stronger it gets. Resilience can be developed from the early years. Find out how early years practitioners can encourage children to believe in their own abilities so that they are able to succeed in tasks, attain goals and experience. This blog titled “it’s the hard that makes it good” looks at a case study of a school cultivating “grit” (i.e. resilience) in their students. As educators you are perfectly placed to sow the seeds of resilience in future generations!

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