Teachers open up about Mental Health

“I felt I was not good enough to be a teacher.”

Teachers share tips to help your mental health in this new film.

Being open about mental health, and encouraging conversation, can be a powerful way to improve wellbeing at your school.

In this short film two teachers share their experiences and approaches to promoting good mental health amongst both teachers and students.

Graham Rutland, who teaches English and Media Studies at Jo Richardson Community School, takes the brave step of revealing his own anxiety issues to students.

He hopes it will inspire them and others to be more open about mental health issues: “I think to encourage people to talk more about mental health you have got to model it. You've got to show people that you can do it and you can be unafraid in doing it and you can be accepted in doing it.”

At Eyres Monsell Primary, a school that has won the Princess Royal Training Award for its mental health training programme, foundation year teacher and mental health lead Laura Nykolyszyn talks about the importance of having an open culture: “It works exactly both ways for the adults and the children and I think initially having that open culture of just conversation and be willing to speak about it will start something positive in the school to do with mental health and well-being.”

This is the second in our series of short films with teachers sharing tips based on experience. Click here for our top tips to help students through exam season.

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