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Teacher's Mental Health Issues

The education secretary has been clear that there can be no great schools without great teachers and we have committed to tackling issues that could affect teachers’ mental health and well-being.

Teacher's Mental Health Issues

Teacher mental health issues are important because they not only have a detrimental influence on teachers themselves but also directly affect classroom outcomes. Mental health was having a damaging effect on pupil mental health, that it adversely affected the quality of lesson planning. Teachers with less experience in the profession are more likely to experience panic attacks, insomnia and mood swings.

Every day we support education professionals who are suffering the consequences of many factors causing severe pressure: budget cuts; fewer staff, bigger class sizes and localized recruitment and retention difficulties in some areas are adding to workload and increasing stress levels. Outside school, many are suffering financially.

The teaching profession, due to its working conditions, is a stressful occupation. Teachers experience higher stress levels than professions such as doctors, dentists, or nurses, and their rate of leaving the profession is high. Professional stress and mental health, reporting a high rate of minor psychiatric disorders among teachers, there were suffering from worries and insomnia, from social functioning disorder, from depression, and from mental health problems.


The emotional atmosphere in a classroom setting is important to the experiences of all students. That atmosphere is affected by the emotional stability of the teacher. A teacher with personal mental health problems can have a detrimental effect on all of those students who are associated with him or her. There are a variety of courses and contributing factors to mental health problems. Certain signs and symptoms, at times, can be identified that relate to emotional difficulties.

It is important that measures be identified to help teachers with emotional problems. This is not always an easy task, yet it is necessary if the teaching-learning environment is to be of a positive nature. School administrators, teacher preparation programs, teaching peers, and self-analysis all should play a role in identifying one's teaching. This is a task that no one person or agency can accomplish alone. Though often felt to be an uncomfortable issue with which to deal, all educators must become increasingly aware of the problem and be willing to work toward greater emotional health of all teachers. The workload is the most cited cause of mental health problems and the main reason for teachers leaving. Therefore, schools that offer arrangements such as job-sharing will find it far easier to retain staff and alleviate some of the problems around this.

High workload, poor student behavior, and mental health concerns are the most cited reasons for why these recently qualified teachers have considered quitting the profession, the report finds. One teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, was signed off by her GP due to stress. She was given four months of sick leave from school after she had a breakdown.

Mental Health Of A Teacher

Teachers’ mental health is important because their performance in class is dependent especially on their emotional condition, including stress and depression levels. Although the teaching profession is stressful and despite the known impact of teachers’ mental health on students during teaching, prospective teachers’ mental health is neglected in training and selection. Teacher training institutions focus on professional development, ignoring their psycho-social development.

The time students spend in teacher training institutions is also a time when mental problems emerge that are going to affect the students’ present and future. These are demonstrating the severity of the suicide issue and common social phobias. Other shows that the number of students with psychiatric disorders and serious mental diseases.

If we consider that the highly common presence of mental problems among university students poses an important problem, we could also say, on the other hand, that the university might represent an opportunity for solving these problems. If mental problems are not being addressed, they may have serious effects on the individuals’ academic, social, and autonomous functioning and lead to serious mental disorders in adulthood.

When Offering extra training and development to staff is often recommended as a method to boost retention, with studies showing higher levels of effective training have been proven to reduce the desire to move schools. Training and development opportunities make teachers more likely to stay at a school.

Stress and emotional exhaustion levels in classrooms are high as teachers grapple with growing workloads and difficult behavior from students and parents.

Teachers’ mental health is an issue to be confronted particularly during their training process, given that it occurs in an environment that is suitable for reaching the students and providing services identifying and addressing issues with the students’ personal development and formation of their character early on. In this environment, it is necessary to prepare prospective teachers in a healthy manner, ensuring that they pass the preparation process healthy, and if necessary to identify and confront problems and establish a planned intervention. However, mental as well as physical health is often overlooked and neglected to a degree that it can cause damage to the individual and the environment.

Therefore, knowledge regarding provisions to support mental health in the process of teachers’ training. We intend to determine prospective teachers’ mental symptoms, sources for help they are seeking, and reasons for not seeking help. We analyze the mental symptoms according to sources sought and reasons for not seeking help.

  Zarina Kamal

  Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019       553 Views