Mental Health

Ending exclusion: specialist teachers trained to support most vulnerable | Education

I felt teachers often judged me because of the way I looked. I didn’t get support for my anger management issues. I wasn’t given chances and often left in an exclusion room.” So says 16-year-old Mehdi, describing his experience in mainstream schools. Mehdi says that his approach to education has been transformed since he arrived at London East Alternative Provision (Leap), in Tower Hamlets. While acknowledging the reasons for his exclusion from his last school, he says he felt unsupported…

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Higher education staff suffer ‘epidemic’ of poor mental health | Education

The number of university workers accessing counselling and occupational health services has shot up, according to research which describes “an epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff. Freedom of information requests revealed that at one university, staff referrals to counselling services went up more than 300% over a six-year period up to 2015 while, at another, referrals to occupational health soared by more than 400%. There has been growing awareness of the crisis in student mental health in…

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6 Strategies for Less Stress (and More Learning) in the Classroom – Education Article

On any given day, children face a variety of stressors — from assessments at school to pressures at home to conflicts with friends. Educators can’t make all of these stressors go away. But what they can do is help promote a classroom environment that feels safe, comfortable, calm, and conducive to learning. Take a look at these six approaches you can incorporate into your day, that offer a wide range of benefits for students — from decreased stress to improved…

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‘It’s cut-throat’: half of UK academics stressed and 40% thinking of leaving | Education

When Ed Harris, a management lecturer at a modern university, stopped sleeping and began having marriage problems, he realised he was no longer coping with the pressures of his job. “Most of the time you handle it, but the anger and unhappiness build up,” says Harris (not his real name). “I was constantly stressed. There was a lot of micromanagement and setting of deadlines and I was always working late and checking emails at all hours.” Harris says he went…

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Neglect by mental health trust led to Bristol student’s suicide | UK news

Neglect by a mental health trust contributed to the suicide of a Bristol University student with severe social anxiety who was found dead on the day she was due to take part in a “terrifying” oral test, a coroner has ruled. The senior Avon coroner Maria Voisin criticised the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS trust (AWP) for not putting in place a management plan that would have given Natasha Abrahart hope and managed her risk. After the inquest,…

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‘She went through torment’: parents criticise Bristol over student suicide | Education

“They had six months to help but didn’t do anything.” That is the verdict of Natasha Abrahart’s parents. Margaret and Robert Abrahart have accused Bristol University and mental health services of letting down their student daughter who had severe social anxiety and was found hanged on the day she was due to give a daunting presentation. They argue the university should have known her condition made it excruciatingly difficult to talk in front of other students or teachers; that it…

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Podcast 47: Mental Health – Is Good Enough, Good Enough? – Education Article

Podcast 47: Mental Health – Is Good Enough, Good Enough? | TeacherToolkit 11th May 201910th May 2019 Joshua McGovern 156 Views #100women, #TTkit100Women, #TTkitPodcast, 100 Word Challenge, A levels, Anorexia, Assisted Place, Assisted Places, Autism, Autistic, Devon, Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Experimental Psychology, Freelance, Gibraltar, Green Paper, Imposter Syndrome, Julia Skinner, Kings College, Margaret Thatcher, Mental Health, Michelle Obama, Middle Class, Oxbridge, Oxford University, Parenting, PhD, Podcast, Pooky H, Poverty, Psychology, Self-Harming, Women’s… This is only a snippet of a Education…

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The Guardian view on shrinking breaks: the right to relax | Editorial | Opinion

Few adults would place shorter break times high up their list of concerns about schools. Some of them may have shone at football but many will remember hours spent pointlessly milling around the playground or, worse, smoking in the toilets? For a minority of children, now as then, breaks are dreadful. If you don’t have many friends, or aren’t part of the group you would like to join, the experience of leaving the classroom to spend time with your peers…

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Suicidal Bristol student left without medicine, inquest hears | Education

A vulnerable university student who twice tried to kill herself was left for a month without anti-depressant medication before she was found dead, an inquest has heard. Natasha Abrahart was concerned she could lose her place on a prestigious science course and university GPs had concluded she was a high suicide risk, the court was told. The 20-year-old was referred to local mental health services and initially prescribed anti-depressants. But the inquest heard she had been left with no medication…

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Leading Others Without Being An Asshole – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How do you interact with other people you work with? I’ve been reading quite a number of books on business and leadership over the past 18 months: Two books I am currently reading include The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton and To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink which I have already written about and have demonstrated how I do this. Something to think about … “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem,…

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5 Things I Learned From Quitting Teaching – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What did I learn from quitting my teaching job? There’s a great sense of pride among those who teach, particularly those that have just a few years under their belt. They’ve made the bold move to become a teacher, perhaps having to justify their decision to friends and family, and that’s why it can be gut-wrenching to admit to yourself that you are considering quitting teaching. I know this because I did just that. Two schools…

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the narrative of the martyr teacher has to come to an end. – The Girl On The Piccadilly Line – Education Article

A friend and ex. colleague of mine recently asked me for some advice. She is currently working as an Assistant Head in a particularly challenging school: high levels of deprivation, tough behaviour and the sort of data that has you living in fear of “the call.”  She is a fantastic teacher: skilled, hardworking and completely committed to her work. “I know I’m making a difference where it really matters.” She said, “I can see the impact of my work which is…

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