Teacher Support Pages
We would like to help teachers facing pressures and have questions about 'smart drugs' (pharmaceutical or natural, etc) and have developed this page to collect resources that may be helpful.
Are you facing pressures whilst teaching and are deciding or have decided to take 'smart drugs' to help you improve results? Is this something you wish to continue with and would you be interested in a review of all the options, good and bad?
According to published article, "Pressure in schools ‘hitting teachers’ mental well-being’" by Richard Vaughan (https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/education/pressure-schools-hitting-teachers-mental-well/), there are mental health issues for teachers in the UK. These pressures can be a significant factor in increasing teachers stress levels.
Below we offer vetted links to confidential online and app based counselling and support services to help you cope better. Also, vetted social media and other online places where you can speak to others in a similar situation as yours.
20% of academics take pharmaceutical smart drugs.
In 2008, an online poll among readers of the scientific journal Nature of 1400 people in 60 countries found that an astonishing 20% reported having taken a 'cognitive enhancing drug' to stimulate focus, concentration or memory. The drugs reported as being used were Ritalin (62% of total), Modafinil (44%) and beta blockers (15%). We recommend using a natural-sourced product instead (that offers similar benefits without the side-effects).
Options to learn more:
Please use the following helpful resources below for stress management, depression, including study pressures. The first part are private, fully-confidential services done over the phone, on-line and some with an app, and where you can have full support and 24 hour access to help. Most are free. Some can be immediate, such as the Samaritans, others possibly require you to go through an NHS application first.
In the second part, we also list various social media websites such as Facebook, Forum, Blog or Twitter forums where you can speak to others in a similar situation, discussing your opinions or sharing your experiences about teaching stress and/or 'smart drugs' or 'nutritional cognitive enhancers'.
You can contact us using the form below if you have a question.
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Resources for immediate help, private counselling, some via phone, internet or app.
A 24 hour helpline over the phone (number is 116123 in UK and is completely free)
Aware, Your supporting light through depression.
Try the 5 Step Tutorial for managing stress, by Dr Claire Hayes
We Are Teachers
Teacher Depression & Anxiety Are SO Common. Here’s How to Cope.
NHS Welcome to the Moodzone
Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help, with very helpful articles, breathing techniques, audio files, free counselling or therapy (if you qualify), and digital tools/ apps.
NHS digital tools/ apps.
To help you manage and improve your health (& mental health).
Big White Wall
This is an anonymous digital service that supports people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It’s available around the clock and is staffed by trained "Wall Guides" who make sure that the community is safe and supportive. Big White Wall is available on the NHS in some areas, or you can join by paying a subscription of £25 per month.
This is a CBT-based online self-help course for treating panic and phobias. It consists of nine computer-based sessions lasting about an hour each. The course explains how anxiety affects the mind and body and helps you to face the things you fear and avoid. FearFighter is available on the NHS in some areas with a referral from your GP or another health professional. You can also pay to do the course privately.
leso digital health,
offers live, confidential one-to-one cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with a therapist via secure instant messaging. It’s available to anyone with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, pain management, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and stress management. Ieso is available to NHS patients in some areas. You can also buy private CBT sessions directly through Thinkwell, Ieso’s website for paying clients.
Is a safe, secure online space offering personalised programmes to help people experiencing mental and behavioural problems including depression, anxiety, eating issues and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Members can complete modules specially tailored for them by an online supporter. SilverCloud is available via NHS hospitals, trusts and clinics, plus some non-NHS organisations. It’s not available to private clients.
This is an online programme that helps people overcome sleep problems. It’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and evidence suggests it can even help people with long-term sleep problems. Sleepio works on desktop computers, tablets or via an iPhone app. It’s also compatible with some of the tracking devices you can use to track your daily lifestyle habits. Unless you live in one of the areas where Sleepio is available on the NHS, you will need to buy it (less than £4 a week).
This is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. For those who struggle sometimes,and are looking for a safe place to listen, share and be heard. It is operated by Mind, a registered charity for better mental health.
Everyone can use a little help getting things sorted when life feels overwhelming. Clearer Living provides affordable and accessible online counselling and support, no matter what is on your mind.
Social media websites/ blogs where you can also discuss your opinions or share your experiences:
Tips for coping with teaching stress - an Article from the TES website.
Hitting the wall: one teacher's account of his battle with depression and anxiety
Scenes from the Battleground - Teaching in British Schools
The Darkest Term: Teacher Stress and Depression. Written by "a blogger all teachers should be following": Greg Ashman. He is a teacher from England, who is now teaching maths in Australia, while also studying for a PhD in education.
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