Help at hand for stressed-out staff;Letter

15th October 1999 at 01:00
I WRITE in response to the article regarding "Head of year wins pound;47,000 for stress" (TES, October 1). At the end of the article you gave the number for the Government's stress helpline for teachers, run by the Teachers Benevolent Fund.

Teacherline (08000 562561), launched last month, while being partly funded by the government (pound;250,000) is nevertheless an independent, confidential counselling service for all teachers in the UK, irrespective of union affiliation or geographical position.

Teacherline exists to deal with the problems many face in both their professional and personal lives. Teacherline is staffed by professional counsellors with educational experience and while many calls may be of a serious nature, TBF hopes that teachers and local education authorities alike will see and use Teacherline as a service of first as well as last resort.

Patrick Nash

Chief executive

TBF: the teacher support network

Hamilton House

London WC1

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