Easing anxiety this new academic year and beyond

Easing anxiety this new academic year and beyond

Published 24 August 2021
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Easing anxiety this new academic year and beyond | Advice for Teachers

It can be really daunting to support someone with their mental health. And it’s very normal to be concerned about saying or doing the wrong thing. Here’s a few things to consider:

Sometimes just listening to somebody is enough to make a real difference. Don’t underestimate the value of a 10-minute chat after lessons or break times.

Be honest
You don’t have to have all the answers. And it’s ok to be honest about that with your students. If there’s something you’re unsure about, seeking support is always advisable.

Pass on concerns
Supporting someone with their mental health can be difficult and if you have any concerns about their safety or wellbeing, they should be passed on to your designated safeguarding lead. 

Reach out
Supporting someone emotionally can affect you too. Having the support from people at work can be just as essential for your own wellbeing as well as being best practice for supporting students with mental health difficulties.

Signposting your young people to services such as Kooth can be really helpful as it ensures professional help for your learners that works alongside what you’re already doing to support them. Kooth works with other professionals by also helping young people to engage with the support available to them in other areas, such as school and educational settings.