Mental Well-being Workshops for Teachers
Mental Well-being is the ability of a person to deal with the stressors, pressures and challenges they face. How to enhance performance, relationships and one’s approach whilst under physical and psychological pressure. All teachers face stressors as they work in education. Teachers with higher levels of mental well-being are however better able to respond to the negative consequences of these stressors by either:
- Overcoming the consequences much quicker than less resilient people or;
- Experiencing these consequences in relatively minor ways compared to others for whom they are much more significant or;
Published research and case studies from around the world show that Mental Wellbeing is a major factor in:
- Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals
- Positive Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do”
- Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management, less prone to bullying
- Aspirations – more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk
Mental Well-being for Teachers – Thrive & Prosper
In October 2018, Education Support Partnership, the UK’s only charity committed to the well-being and mental health of everyone working in education, published their Teacher Wellbeing Index 2018, conducted in partnership with YouGov. Shockingly this showed that:
- More than three-quarters of teachers surveyed experienced work-related behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms
- More than half were considering leaving the profession due to poor health.
- Senior leaders have been particularly hard hit with 80% suffering from work-related stress, 40% suffering from symptoms of depression and 63% considering leaving the profession – an issue, which unaddressed will leave many schools with no one to lead, motivate staff and maintain and improve educational outcomes.
There is more aware of workplace mental health issues nowadays but a lot of schools haven’t yet taken tangible action to properly support teaching staff. In fact, the Teaching Wellbeing Index showed the following teacher statistics:
- 65% say they wouldn’t feel confident in disclosing mental health problems or unmanageable stress to their employer
- 36% say they have no form of mental health support at work
- 64% of schools do not regularly survey their staff to gauge employee wellbeing
- 74% say they don’t have enough guidance about mental health at work.
This highly practical one-day workshop will:
- Bring to life a comprehensive model of mental well-being
- Explore in detail the 8 key areas of mental wellbeing.
- Explore how mental well-being will benefit you in your teaching role.
- Introduce you to your ‘mental toughness’ report and give you time to reflect on the contents.
- Give you an opportunity to begin practising ways of developing your mental well-being.
- Provide you with a mental well-being toolkit to start your development journey
This workshop is different:
- It’s nothing like the typical corporate training loaded with models and theories that were designed 60 years ago and have no real meaning nowadays.
- Not a PowerPoint slide in sight, just teachers actively engaged in their own learning and creating real meaning that will help change how they experience their role from that point on.
- Teachers will spend a whole day carrying out practical activities that will help them develop the areas of mental well-being that will make a real difference to them.
- Teachers will actually start developing their mental well-being on the workshop and be provided with science backed positive psychology tools to take away and use.
- In addition, I use the highly reliable and valid MTQPlus ‘mental toughness’ assessment and all participants will receive their personal development report during the workshop that will highlight in which of the 8 key areas of mental well-being that they would benefit the most from working on.
- It’s highly practical and will help teachers respond more productively to the stressors and pressures they face.
This is not merely about raising awareness of mental health and welling (there’s a lot of that already), this is about equipping teachers with the knowledge and practical tools to thrive and prosper as they perform their highly valuable role. The workshop provides participants with highly practical positive psychology development tools that can be used immediately to start developing the areas that will make a real difference.
Shortly prior to the workshop, you will complete the MTQPlus on-line assessment. This 74-question assessment takes around 15 minutes to complete and the subsequent report will measure your ‘mental toughness’ and give you a summary for each section, including suggested ways to develop in each area. Click on the image below to see a sample development report.
You will receive your report during the workshop and have access to activities to begin developing in the areas that will make the difference for you.
These workshops are normally run in the Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales areas.
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