Don't suffer alone with ME

21st April 2000 at 01:00
YOUR article on children who develop ME after the transfer to secondary school (TES, March 10) failed to mention the plight of the many teachers who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Research shows that the teaching profession has one of the highest number of people affected by this devastating illness.

The condition is a much misunderstood illness which produced a wide range of painful and debilitating symptoms. Many teachers will have developed this illness through being in the profession; either through repeated exposure to theviruses in any classroom or through the effects of constant long-term stress at work. Many teachers also have to contend with unsympathetic and often hostile colleagues. These teachers need support and understanding.

I have suffered from ME for four years, I am unable to work and know the feelings of despair that accompany this illness. I have set up a nationwide support network for teachers and I can be contacted by email at or by post.

Lisa Falshaw

36 St James Street

Wetherby, West Yorkshire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today