Nearly half of teachers (44%) have needed to see a doctor or medical professional to help with the detrimental impact on their mental and physical health caused by their job, a survey by the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union, has found.
14% of teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressants to help them cope, while 7% use or have increased their reliance on prescription drugs.
16% say they have undergone counselling and 4% of teachers have been admitted to hospital.
These findings come as seven in ten (70%) teachers feel their job has adversely affected their mental health in the last 12 months. More than three quarters (77%) report they have experienced an increase in workplace stress over the past year.
The survey also found that in the last 12 months as a result of their job:
- 79% have experienced anxiety;
- 84% have suffered from loss of sleep;
- 23% have increased their use of alcohol;
- 8% have suffered a relationship breakdown;
- 3% have self-harmed.
The survey findings also show that 57% of teachers say their job satisfaction has declined in the last 12 months. Nearly two thirds (67%) have seriously considered leaving the teaching profession in the last year.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“These figures are appalling.
“The human story behind them is about women and men whose physical and mental health is being damaged and whose professional and family lives are seriously blighted or broken.
“Ministers and employers disgracefully are in denial of the scale of the national crisis, probably because they know that its cause rests firmly with the adverse management practices they enable to flourish.”