Over half of teachers say their job harms their mental health

Some 55 per cent of teachers think their job is having a negative impact on their mental health, a new survey reveals.

According to bbc.co.uk, the survey was conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL); which shows that over the past two years, 38 per cent of teachers have seen a rise in mental health problems in their colleagues.

Around 80 per cent of teachers that believe their job negatively effects their mental wellbeing say they feel stressed. A further 70 per cent state their job makes them feel exhausted and 66 per cent struggle to sleep at night.

Due to the stigma around mental health issues, 68 per cent of teachers with such problems don't tell their bosses. On the other hand, only 38 per cent of teachers choose to keep physical health problems a secret, reports telegraph.co.uk.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, is shocked by the findings and says more needs to be done to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

"Education professionals do more unpaid overtime than any other group and are put under constant intense pressure to meet targets, with excessive observation, changes in the curriculum and Ofsted inspections," she explains. "Those working in education need to be supported better, with school and colleges making adjustments to their jobs and working conditions where necessary."