Teachers Need Therapy. Their Schools Should Pay for It.

The pandemic has added greater urgency to the education world’s steadily growing awareness of the importance of mental well-being in the classroom. And while the focus of these supports has historically centered on students, educator well-being is a critical piece of the equation for thriving and successful young people. After all, the relationship between teacher and student stress goes in both directions.

Work at the MedStar Georgetown Center for Wellbeing in School Environments, or WISE, has followed a similar trajectory. When the program launched in 2013, its mission was to increase access to child psychologists and psychiatrists in areas hardest hit by systemic oppression and adversity. Schools eagerly signed on for WISE to offer on-campus mental health care to their pre-K-12 students who needed it most.

The program’s experience has validated what research has long said: Teachers feel responsible for the social and emotional health of students and often have insufficient training, support, and emotional capacity to feel effective in this regard. The adults in our schools needed help, but they had difficulty seeking it. Educators were more likely to push themselves to the breaking point, including illness, burnout, detachment, and leaving the profession.

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