Practical support for managing your mental health

Following a recent TES article highlighting the common pressures experienced in the teaching profession, we’re holding a live advice clinic on Teacher Stress and Health and Wellbeing. A panel of experts will be online to answer your questions and offer support including, Rob Latham from the Teacher Support Network and Professor Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Lancaster. We’ll also have TES columnist Ms Anne Thrope, who has written articles on teacher stress and depression including a column titled A health warning which has received lots of feedback from teachers.

Teacher Stress and Health and Wellbeing advice clinic
Tuesday 20th March 2012
4.30pm to 6pm

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Teaching can be a stressful profession and can lead to feelings of distress. All too often, that distress can turn into despair if not addressed. This page contains links to articles we hope you will find helpful, along with links to charities and organisations you can talk to if you want to talk to someone about your mental health, or if you’re in distress or despair and want immediate emotional support.

Help and advice

Teacher Support Network

  • The Teacher Support Network provides practical and emotional support to staff in the education sector and their families. Their areas of expertise include finance, housing, care issues, health, wellbeing at work and career development.
  • Telephone: 08000 562 561 (24 hour)

The Samaritans

  • The Samaritans provide 24-hour confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people who have feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
  • Telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hour)
  • Email:
  • Text: 07725 90 90 90


  • MIND provides confidential mental health information and legal advice services.
  • Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (infoline) and 0300 466 6463 (legal advice) (both 9am-6pm)
  • Email:


  • SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Their staff have specialist mental health knowledge and can help you consider options for support or action that address your individual circumstances.
  • Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
  • Email:

TES articles

Anne Thrope (Ms) – A health warning

Hidden disabilities: from depression to dyslexia, hundreds of teachers are afraid to disclose their conditions

Anne Thrope (Ms) – ‘I ain’t got time to bleed’

The day my life changed – I take 29 tablets a day, but being bipolar makes me a better teacher

The day my life changed – we confronted bullying head at last. Her response? She ignored us and went off sick

TES resources

Teacher suicide rates soar - dealing with stress

Saying no - a choice you can learn to make


Bullying in the workplace advice guide from the Teacher Support Network

Bullying advice sheet from Teacher Support Network

TES forums

Health & wellbeing

Workplace dilemmas