It is essential that, whilst dealing with the pressures and challenges of day to day life in a school, you don’t lose sight of your own wellbeing and the importance of looking after yourself. Ensuring you get plenty of sleep, taking time out for yourself, communicating with others, implementing good time management practices, amongst many other healthy habits, are just some of the ways in which you can achieve this.
It is always worth checking that your school has access to an independent wellbeing service, that can offer counselling and practical advice to staff, as this can help you to support them during the times that they need the assistance most and, in turn, reduce the occasions or length of absence in your school. Staff should look to actively promote mindfulness and wellbeing around the school, to pupils and each other, and make sure a support system is in place, should anyone ever need such services.
Support Services for Schools
Taking into consideration the effect we all know COVID continues to have, we thought you might like to see some interesting findings shared with us by our helpline provider, Health Assured*:
Throughout the period June 2019 – June 2020, 23% of calls were recorded in February 2020 alone, which was, by far, the highest month.
That figure comprised predominantly of anxiety-related calls, as a result of the increasing awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
78% of calls were counselling-related, while 22% were for legal advice.
‘Low mood’ was recorded as the most common reason for counselling calls, accounting for nearly 25% of the total.
The majority of legal advice calls were related to ‘employment’, at 40% of the overall legal total.
Call volumes started to settle down in April and May.
Within the 22% for legal calls, over the COVID-19 period, an increase in calls was related to employment (‘furlough’ and ‘the workplace’), with ‘divorce’, ‘separation’, ‘wills’ and ‘probate’ also featuring.
Towergate Insurance are delighted to be supporters of Mindfulness in Schools Project, a national charity aiming to bring mindfulness to young people and those who care for them, and look forward to working with your school to help bring teachers and pupils health and wellbeing to the forefront of the education sector.
*Health Assured, June 2019 - June 2020
To talk to us about your school’s insurance and wellbeing requirements, please call Jo Taylor on 07483 930515 or 01438 739626 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org