Official Launch – Mental Health and Well-Being in the Learning and Teaching Environment
26th July marked the launch of a paradigm-shifting book which draws on expertise from two previously separate disciplines of education and mental health to consider the relationship between mental health and education in an evidence-based and practice-focused way.
It is the first book of its kind to examine the complex problems associated with today’s high-stress, high-emotion learning and teaching environments which affects both learners and leaders of learning alike.
It is an important and timely text that offers new hope in tackling the alarming mental health crisis in our schools and colleges. The book bears witness to the fact that with a growing number of students struggling with mental health problems and with schools full of pupils with a wide diversity of abilities, behaviours, needs and diagnosable conditions, teaching and school leadership have become some of the most challenging and stressful jobs imaginable.
Crucially, the text also highlights the serious impact which the behaviour of pupils, teacher and school leaders can have on each other. We now understand that relationships in schools are fundamental to intellectual and behavioural growth for pupils and that many significant mental health problems of adults have their origins in childhood. In light of this, it is vital that those in education have all the tools and support necessary to nurture and manage these relationships and are able to fulfil their roles from a place of emotional stability and well-being to empower students upwards.
However, emotional support is often not forthcoming and so dealing the challenges of school life can also have a serious psychological impact on teachers and school leaders themselves. More and more teachers and school leaders are struggling with anxiety, depression and burn-out, all of which can harm their ability to teach and lead to the best of their ability. Above all, the book demonstrates that we must see the well-being of everyone involved in education and school performance as entirely inter-related matters if we are to tackle this growing mental health crisis and successfully develop and nurture the generations to come.
As an expert in the field, director of Integrity Coaching and author of “Staying A Head – Stress Management Secrets of Successful School Leaders”, Viv Grant was asked to contribute a chapter on “Meeting the needs of Headteachers” which explores a number of the challenges school leaders face today. In the chapter, Viv discusses the ever-changing and isolating nature of Headship. She explores how Heads find meaning in difficult circumstances and how they learn to learn survive within competing and conflicting demands/values of the education system.
Viv also offers a new way in for Head teachers to lead without sacrificing their well-being. Moreover, Viv presents a process through which trusting and meaningful relationships, the cultivation of a deliberate reflective practice can enable head teachers to receive all the emotional and mental support they need to thrive in their roles and create a school environment in which all individuals flourish.
To read more about Viv’s chapter in the book – please click here
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