Mental Health Workshops Should Be A Part Of The CPD For Teachers At Schools & Colleges

Mental Health Workshops Should Be A Part Of The CPD For Teachers At Schools & Colleges

An unfathomable 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health. At Mark Mate, we’ve tried to do our best to reduce teacher workload, and therefore some of the causes of stress. Of course, marking isn’t the only cause of stress in education, and stress isn’t the only factor when it comes to mental health. Dr. Fiona Murray and Carol Richards set up Wellbeing for Working Lives to try and understand and remedy some of the other causes of mental health problems. This doesn’t just apply to education, but in the workplace in general.


Since starting Wellbeing For Working Lives, Carol and Fiona have worked with teachers more than any other group. This is perhaps down to increasing workloads, more challenging pupils, more stress with less support. All of these factors lead to a massive increase in teachers struggling with mental health. There are several methods available to support teaching staff with their mental health. It’s imperative that these be made available to all schools so the mental health of their employees can be of a higher priority.

Who They Are

Dr. Fiona Murray is the manager of Wellbeing Services, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS South Glasgow Primary Care Mental Health Team. She graduated with a BSc Honors in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with distinction from Newcastle University.

Carol Richards is a senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychologist in the NHS Wellbeing Services. Her background is in Mental Health Nursing and she has worked in a wide array of mental health services.

What They Offer

Wellbeing For Working Lives can deliver efficient, evidence-based psychological interventions. Importantly for education, it is cost effective. They take the form of short courses and workshops. All of their courses are designed to increase the resiliency of employees. The courses are flexible and designed to meet the needs of a variety of different employers. They can be delivered anywhere – in the workplace or a venue of your choosing. All services are based on robust clinical models with proven outcomes.

Level 1 one day workshops are designed to promote understanding the factors that influence wellbeing.  They also look at factors that contribute to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem among others. They help to identify factors in our own lives that influence mental wellbeing. Furthermore, they introduce evidence-based psychological strategies that can strengthen wellbeing and manage common mental health conditions. They will also employ motivational enhancement techniques to support participants in developing their own action plans and specific goals.

Level 2 workshops are additional bolt on courses that are available to employees who require a greater level of support. For example, people who are already absent from work or who are experiencing greater difficulties with mental health. Workshops focus more in depth on specific conditions. They teach strategies and techniques over a longer period of time to deal with conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety month others.

Have you come across mental health concerns at work? If you or a colleague have battled with mental health due to work, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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