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Mental health: Supporting colleagues and pupils

How can we support colleagues and students with mental health issues? Julian Stanley advises

There’s been a big surge in pupils seeking help for mental health issues. According to a study by the NSPCC released earlier this year the numbers of mental health referrals have risen by a third in the last three years.

Teachers are of course also feeling the strain, as many of you will know. A study by Leeds Beckett University found that more than half of Britain’s teachers have a diagnosed mental health problem. Our own Health Survey found that 75 per cent of the school staff and leaders surveyed said they had experienced psychological, physical or behavioural symptoms because of their work.

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