Most New Teachers Feel Unprepared to Help Students Deal With Mental Health Problems

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  • Toronto district school board found stress and anxiety to be the most prevalent emotional issues among students
  • More than 100,000 students and 75 secondary school teachers
  • 92% of teachers reported that they had students struggling with mental issues
  • 97.4% of them agreed or strongly agreed that it was part of their job
  • 93.3% felt that their education training did not qualify them for dealing with mental health issues

 

Prevalence of Emotional Issues Among Students of Toronto 

                                                        Grade 7-8                                      Grade  9-12
Positive feelings
Feel good about yourself 80% 70%
Feel reasonably happy 78% 67%
Able to enjoy daily activities 76% 64%
Hopeful about the future 72% 62%
Like the way you look 67% 58%
Physical symptoms
Tired for no reason 58% 76%
Difficulty concentrating 56% 76%
Difficulty making decisions 56% 72%
Losing sleep bcz of worry 38% 57%
Doesnt overcomedifficulties 31% 47%
Feel like crying 21% 29%
Emotional challenges
Feel lonely 29% 43%
Feel down 32% 48%
Losing confidence 32% 48%
Under a lot of stress 40% 66%
Feel nervous/anxious 63% 72%

 

Action Plan:

1- Raising awareness about mental health issues (e. g., teen suicide, and bullying)

2- Providing resources to help students with mental health problems

3- Addressing the need of bachelor programs of student teachers to have a more thorough understanding of mental illness and its consequences

 

References

Sarah, B. (2013). Most new teachers feel unprepared to help students deal with mental health   problems: study. National Post. Retrieved from   http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/02/teachers-feel-
unprepared-to-help-students-
  deal-with-mental-health-issues/

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3 thoughts on “Most New Teachers Feel Unprepared to Help Students Deal With Mental Health Problems

    • Merci bien! 🙂
      j’ai visité votre blog, c’est tellement intéressant! Paul Ekman est un pionnier dans l’étude des émotions et leurs relations aux expressions faciales.
      The psychology of emotions -as they say it in english-hits a raw nerve in me hehe!
      Je ne sais pas si vous avez regardé la série “Lie to me”. Je suis sûr que vous allez adorer.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235099/

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      • C’est très agréable que d’avoir une réponse de votre part, j’aimerai vous contacter par e-mail j’ai une annonce qui devrait vous ravir Rachel.

        Et pour Lie To Me j’ai les saisons sur mon ordinateur, il est vrai que cette série reflète (avec un peu de fiction) mon travail! 🙂

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