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Mental health: Staff wellbeing

SecEd's resident mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith turns her attention from pupils to staff and offers some simple steps to promoting staff wellbeing

Increasingly I’m asked about how schools can support the wellbeing and mental health of their staff. The fact that people even care enough to ask this question has me silently rejoicing, but of course, wanting to have an impact and know exactly what to do are two very different things, so I have pulled together some of the practical steps you could take in your school in order to have a meaningful impact on the wellbeing of the whole staff team.

Working in a school is an undoubtedly stressful job and we need to be able to talk about and tackle those stresses head-on without fear of being seen as weak or needy.

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