Talking about our own wellbeing is often not a priority for educators – we are usually too busy trying to support our students to worry about our own mental health! But putting wellbeing and mental health firmly and deliberately on the agenda means it becomes ‘front of mind’ for school leaders, teachers and support staff. And wellbeing is too important a topic to avoid making it an important issue for discussion in schools. For far too long, educators have focussed on the wellbeing of students, without ever pausing to consider their own mental health and the strategies they can use to promote wellness.
These professional development slides can be used as a training tool or as part of a staff meeting discussion to prompt greater understanding of how to take a collaborative approach to supporting wellbeing and positive mental health in an education or care setting.
Take the time to read through the presentation and ideas about wellbeing and stress reduction and learn about the positive things you can do to support your own wellbeing as well as those around you. As you start the new school year or find yourself already knee deep in parent teacher interviews or assessments, can you really afford to focus only on your work and not on your own mental health and wellbeing?