Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing Quiz

October 12, 2020
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How much do you know about teacher mental health and wellbeing?

Those who work in the education sector do so because they are passionate about spending time with children and young people, and are dedicated to helping them achieve their full potential. However, working in the education sector carries a range of additional responsibilities to just teaching. This, combined with a high workload, poor student behaviour and a lack of resources, are all contributors to poor teacher mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, a staggering 72% of all education professionals reported themselves as being stressed in a 2019 study. The uncertainty over the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic has likely added to existing levels of stress and worry, and may have had a detrimental effect on the mental health and wellbeing of education professionals. Take our quiz below to see how much you know about mental health and wellbeing in the education sector.

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What percentage of education professionals reported experiencing a mental health problem in the last academic year?

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The Teacher Wellbeing Index, published in 2019, reported that 34% of education professionals had experienced a mental health problem in the last academic year. This includes depression, anxiety, exhaustion and acute stress.

Which of the following symptoms is a sign of teacher burnout?

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Burnout is a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that is caused by excessive or prolonged stress. It is unfortunately common among teachers due to their high workload and poor work/life balance. Poor or reduced performance at work is a sign of burnout.

According to research conducted by Time To Change, what percentage of people with mental health difficulties experience stigma?

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Research conducted by Time To Change found that a staggering 90% of people with mental health difficulties experience stigma because of them, whether that’s from family or friends, in education or at work.

According to the Teacher Wellbeing Index published in 2019, what percentage of education staff said they felt unable to switch off and relax?

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74% of education professionals report that they feel unable to switch off and relax and that this contributes to them having a negative work/life balance.

Which of the following is a behavioural symptom of poor mental wellbeing?

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Irritability, mood swings and changes to appetite are all behavioural symptoms of poor mental wellbeing.

Which of the following is a relaxation technique that can be used by teachers to help improve their mental wellbeing?

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Reframing is the process of seeing something in a different, more positive way, and is a proven relaxation technique. For example, rather than saying to yourself “I’m feeling very anxious”, reframe this to be “What is this anxiety teaching me?”.

Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing Quiz
Want to learn more about the ways to manage your own mental health, reduce work-related stress, and engage in the importance of self-care? Take a look at our Mental Health Training for Teachers.

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