Pupil indiscipline, coping with regular updates from the government during the pandemic, the pay, workload, accountability and budget cuts have been found by the teachers union to be high causes of stress for teachers.
Parents, hopefully, have got a renewed appreciation of teachers during the pandemic when they had to home-school their children. Teachers on the other hand, are exhausted.’
The Extent of the problem
The most common problems are insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks. Research conducted by Education support found that one in five teachers had experienced panic attacks. 56% had insomnia, and 41% had difficulty concentrating.
A Study by the Nuffield foundation found the number of teachers suffering mental health problems and needing medication has increased five times since the 90s. A third of recruits leave the job in the first five years.
More than half of teachers admitted their mental health was affected during the pandemic and the National Education survey found about 35% plan to quit within five years. But during the pandemic this went up to 69% (NASUWT – The teachers union). 83% of teachers are too tired to do the things they would like to do in their personal life. 75% have low energy levels and 15% are now on antidepressants.
What you can do to help
About seven or eight out of every 100 people (7-8%) will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives making the understanding of PTSD statistics and facts very important. Considering this significant figure, it is likely that you, or someone you know, will suffer from PTSD at some point. Don’t ask brave folk to man-up. Flag up symptoms seen in family and friends and suggest they get help using neurofeedback, talk therapies or a blend of different therapies to help heal the trauma.
What is PTSD?
When we endure persistent (or even one-off) traumatic events we cannot intellectually process our brain’s frontal lobe shuts down. It’s a physiological reaction affecting executive functioning.
Different individual responses include:
- Hyperarousal – Manifested hyperactivity, insomnia, lack of concentration, irritability, anxiety, outbursts and panic. This is when our nervous system is in the fight or flight response state.
- Re-Experiencing – recurrent nightmares and flashbacks – reliving physical memories at the smallest (or no trigger). Nausea. Sweating. Exaggerated automatic responses to life experiences or physical stimuli.
- Avoidance – New studies in nervous system responses (The Polyvagal Theory) have pointed out a third response to danger (in addition to fight or flight) – Freeze. Primates would instinctively play dead to save themselves. We still do this. This response leads to depression, anxiety, hopelessness and social withdrawal. Low self-esteem, sound sensitivity, headaches, anger, difficulty concentrating, rumination, self-harm and addiction are also common responses seen in those suffering from PTSD.
What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Non-invasive. Drug free. A very comfortable experience.
A revolution in mental health provision, Neurofeedback (and we at TheBrainCollective) train or re-train your brain using a range of advanced EEG technologies (technically dubbed neuromodulation modalities) to facilitate optimum self-regulation and stability for fantastic mental health.
Help for All
We are looking to start a charitable foundation to help soldiers, emergency service professionals, the NHS and Social Care with affordable or free neurofeedback therapy – specifically those who may not be able access this help privately. If you wish to be a part of this journey, please contact us.