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NEU Cymru, Unite, and GMB have concerns that a mental health crisis exists within the education sector, with multiple factors contributing to the stress and anxiety felt by education workers. To get a true and accurate picture of the mental health landscape within education, they have today launched a mental health and wellbeing survey which is open to anyone who works within the education sector in Wales.

The survey will run for 3 working weeks and will be open from Monday the 5th until Friday 23rd July.

Sue Da’Casto, Regional Learning Organiser for Unite Cymru WULF project, said:

“The Unite Cymru WULF project welcomes this opportunity to work in partnership with NEU Cymru and GMB to focus attention on mental health support in Wales, and to work with employers and members in the education sector to address this crisis.

“As we return to normal business, the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of our members will still be felt. Trade Unions have a clear role to play in the implementation of mental health friendly policies across all workplaces.”

Michael Wilson, GMB WULF Project Manager said:

“The GMB welcomes this opportunity to work with NEU Cymru and Unite on this very important issue within the education sector. It is vital that we find out exactly how serious an issue this is so that we can support our members and raise our concerns with employers, local authorities, and the Welsh Government.

“We urge all our members who work within the education sector to engage with this survey.”

Stuart Williams, Wales Policy Officer of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“The past 18 months has been a very stressful time with education staff having to adapt to new ways of working very quickly, and in some cases learn to deal with a high level of risk in their everyday lives.

“If you add preparation for the new curriculum, ALN reform, and funding issues which has resulted in fewer teaching assistants and teachers over the last few years, this has exacerbated workload issues leading to a marked increase in stress and mental health issues in education staff.

“We’d like to get an accurate picture of the mental health landscape within education and every response to this survey will inform further discussions with Welsh Government and help guide the work the unions are undertaking to combat the mental health crisis in Wales.”

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Note to editors:

Link to English medium survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/neu-cymru-mh

Link to Welsh medium survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/neu-cymru-im

Press contacts:

Contact: Stuart Williams – Wales Policy Officer – National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07795 295355.

e-mail: stuart.williams@neu.org.uk