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/