Mental Health in the Education Sector

  • 67% of education professionals describe themselves as stressed (80% of senior leaders)
  • 57% of education professionals have considered leaving the sector over the past two years as a result of health pressures
  • 74% of education professionals consider the inability to switch off and relax to be the major contributing factor to a negative work/life balance
  • 74% of education professionals consider they do not have enough guidance about mental health and wellbeing at work
  • 56% of senior leaders (and 49% of teachers) believe that as a result of psychological, physical or behavioural problems at work their personal relationships have suffered
  • Teacher Wellbeing Index 2018

You Could Be Part of the Solution

Become a Mental Health First Aider for Your Team

This two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider – an internationally recognised qualification awarded by MHFA England and accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 

This is set to be the standard minimum in terms of helping staff performance and wellbeing – hence the qualification being rolled out across the country.

Recommended for: 

  • Senior Managers seeking to improve wellbeing in their organisation
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Instructors and Outdoor Learning Professionals
  • Individuals who would like to learn more about enhancing wellbeing and supporting others with mental health issues, such as, depression and anxiety 

Each course takes place in a beautiful location with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring you have the time and attention to really learn and refine your skills and knowledge. 

 At the end of the course you will have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support someone in distress
  • Significantly enhanced interpersonal skills 
  • Knowledge to help someone on their road to recovery
  • An internationally recognised qualification to add to your profile
  • Perhaps most importantly, you will have spent two days in a supportive atmosphere, really focusing on developing the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in your own and others lives

We have scheduled MHFA courses based in Plymouth, and bespoke MHFA courses for groups and organisations throughout England are also available. These tailored programmes can be based at your chosen location on a date that is convenient for you. Please contact us for further details. 

Become a Higher Education MHFA Champion

This is a one-day course that qualifies you as a Higher Education Mental Health Champion. This is an intensive Higher Education Mental Health Awareness and skills course created by MHFA England in consultation with the leading student mental health charity Student Minds.

Recommended for:

  • Lecturing Staff
  • Student Support Teams
  • HR Personnel
  • Senior Management

At the end of the course you will have:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
These courses are booked on a bespoke basis and typically delivered in-house. Please get in touch if you are interested in booking a course for your organisation.