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

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 conversation on social media with the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Mental Health in Education
 

How stressed are we?

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 suicide rates, ADHD diagnoses, gaming addiction, and adolescent depression increasing exponentially, it’s difficult to ignore the number of children burdened by stress, anxiety and unhealthy beliefs. Educators play a critical role in students' lives and through an emotionally connected classroom, you can benefit the wellbeing of your students.

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How to manage stress

 

 Stressed spelled backwards is desserts

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. Once you start to notice your own stressors, you can begin to take on the challenge of making your stress work for you

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Prioritising self-care

 

Put on your own oxygen mask first

With so many burnt-out teachers leaving the profession, the adage, “put on your oxygen mask first” rings true now more than ever.

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. 

With these free mindfulness exercises, you can feel empowered to embrace a personal mindfulness practice and inspire powerful learning environments.

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Building resilience

 

 It's the hard that makes it good

They say resilience is like a muscle. The more you exercise it the stronger it gets. As educators you are perfectly placed to sow the seeds of resilience in future generations!

However, today's educators teach in difficult times as compared to 15 years ago, more students come to school now behaving in ways that we do not understand or have the adequate skills to address. That's why building resilience in “The New Normal” is more important than ever. 

A healthy perspective and capacity to rebalance and move on to the next challenge is an absolute necessity. Remember these 3 strategies to build resilience and counteract the anxiety epidemic in students.

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