A HIGH number of teachers have needed to see a doctor or medical professional since the outbreak of Covid as a result of the impact the pandemic has had on their mental health, a survey has revealed.

The survey, conducted by NASUWT — the teachers union — is advising members through its’ website to assist them in navigating these unprecedented times and will consider industrial action to defend the health and jobs of its members.

Survey results...

  • 23% of teachers say they have taken medication to help them cope with the effects of the pandemic.
  • 12% have undergone counselling to give them extra support.
  • 9% use or have increased their reliance on antidepressant drugs.
  • 79% of teachers feel their job has adversely affected their mental health in the last 12 months.
  • 81% of teachers report they have experienced an increase in workplace stress over the past year.
  • 87% have experienced anxiety.
  • 79% have suffered from loss of sleep.
  • 30% have increased use of alcohol.
  • 7% have suffered a relationship breakdown.
  • 2% have self-harmed.

Gary Upton, national executive member for Berkshire, Hampshire and the Channel Islands, said: “These figures are truly shocking. Some of the practices around the UK and other jurisdictions that add to increased stress and anxiety levels are unacceptable. 

"The public deserve a world class education system and these practices do not promote that.

"Ministers and school employers must recognise to deliver the programme of education recovery vital for the nation’s children and young people, teacher wellbeing has to be recognised."