For all of us, our mental wellbeing can impact on our ability to carry out our role, positively or negatively. Being a mentor comes with a high level of responsibility and teachers already work within busy and high responsibility environments.
It is really important that we not only look after the children and adults we are supporting but also look after ourselves. The resources below can support you when those difficult moments come along. Remember – if you need any extra support, talk. Talk to anyone at school or home that you feel comfortable with and share the burden of what you are feeling.
A charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Education Support are free to access and offer confidential help for anyone within the education sector. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, have money issues or feel the need to talk to someone, Education Support is a great place to seek support and advice.
Linked to Education Support, BBC Teach has a wealth of resources available to teachers. All free to access, they cover issues from mental health and dealing with ‘imposter phenomenon’, something most teachers will relate to.
Mind are a charity who support anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Although you may not be diagnosed as experiencing a mental health problem, this page explaining how to improve your own wellbeing is essential reading for anyone who is looking for support.
The NHS have outlined 5 steps that we can all take to try and improve our own mental health and wellbeing. Although not focussed specifically on the teaching profession, the advice and guidance is applicable to anyone who feels like they need support in feeling more positive.
The Mental Health Foundation have put together some fantastic resources to help you look after your mental health. The topics covered range from overcoming anxiety and fear to ways of helping you sleep better.
Exercise has been proven to lessen anxiety and stress. The couch to 5k is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum to start running with him. Backed by the NHS, this link will allow you to download the training plan. The scheme is well resourced and has a large online community that support each other.
If you want to find out more about mental health and challenge some of the stigmas that still, sadly exist around mental health, then this website is a great place to start. There are plenty of resources to support your own strategies and help you to support others around you.