Teaching is a demanding job at the best of times. Before the pandemic, teaching was among the most stressful occupations, on par with nursing. But there are indications that it has only gotten worse since COVID-19 entered the profession. Teaching may now be the most stressful profession period, according to a RAND survey from June 2021, which found, among other things, that teachers were almost three times more likely to report symptoms of depression than other adults. Clearly, teachers haven’t just reached their breaking point, but surpassed it, further imperiling a profession that has long struggled with low pay and declining morale.
The question is, what can schools do to prioritize and support the mental health and well-being of the invaluable educators at the heart of their school communities?
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