GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL LEADERS ON PREVENTING WORK-RELATED MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS BY TACKLING STRESS
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Dear colleague
Guidance for School Leaders on preventing work-related mental health conditions by tackling stress
We wanted you to know that we are also sending this guidance to leaders in your school, so that you can work together in the process of stress risk management.
The education sector is widely recognised as one of the most stressful in which to work, whether as a teacher or as a member of the support staff. School leaders are also under intense pressure but do have a duty to seek to protect their staff and support those who develop work-related mental health conditions.
In order to assist school leaders in providing the type of working environment in which staff feel happy and well supported, the NUT has joined forces with support staff unions, UNISON, UNITE and the GMB to publish a comprehensive guidance document aimed at helping school leaders to provide a healthy working environment. Seeking to safeguard the mental wellbeing of staff will minimise the risk of those staff developing work-related mental health conditions.
The document includes advice on:

  • The types of mental health condition caused by stress and how to address the stigma attached to these conditions
  • Disclosure of mental health conditions
  • How to undertake a stress risk assessment
  • How to support members of staff with mental health conditions
  • The role of occupational health services.

The guidance has been publicised to all leadership members of the NUT. Please discuss with your head teacher, whether or not he or she is an NUT member, how the approaches set out in the guidance could be introduced in your own school or college. The undertaking of a stress risk assessment requires the involvement of both staff and management and a collective approach is most likely to lead to positive change.
Yours sincerely


Christine Blower

 

CHRISTINE BLOWER
NUT General Secretary

 

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