One in three teachers suffer with a mental health problem

Workload is said to have a big impact on the stresses teachers face. Photo taken by Liam Carroll

A study carried out by the Education Support Partnership in late 2018, found a third of teachers suffer with a mental health problem. The research surveyed a sample of 1,500 education professionals.

Retired headteacher Ann-Marie Dimeck, 50, from Liverpool believes the ever increasing workload for teachers and fear of OFSTED are the main reasons behind the figures.

Dimeck said: “When I started in the 70’s this wasn’t an issue; I’d say its built up since the advent of OFSTED and the fear of being monitored.

“Workload, especially marking is a major issue, some teachers tell me it takes them three hours a night.”

Stephen Belbin, the Educational Advisor for Lancashire County Council agrees that  workload is a problem. He said: “The issue of teachers suffering mental health problems has become worse, reducing the workload would help.”

The Education Support Partnership also found a 35% rise in calls to its emotional support helpline.