NEU Cymru welcomes mental health support for education workforce

Speaking as the Education Minister announces an extra £900,000 of mental health support for the education workforce, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Pressure on the education workforce has never been higher, with Covid-19 still having an impact in our schools. In an NEU Cymru survey last year, 80 per cent of respondents said that work had an impact on their mental health, with 60 per cent saying work had made their mental health worse since the pandemic.

“Our members tell us there is a significant lack of support measures in place for workers experiencing poor mental health. Workload is the single most important factor in terms of pressure. Alongside tackling workload, this extra money should mean that schools are able to identify and support staff with their wellbeing.

“We’re asking schools and local authorities to work with union representatives and use this opportunity to audit the wellbeing of the education workforce in every workplace. This money should help them make sure the findings of such an audit can be acted upon, and make a difference to staff.

“NEU has our own mental health charter which we are asking every workplace in Wales to adopt and puts the wellbeing of staff at the heart of the school.”

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Press contacts:

Contact: David Evans – Wales Secretary - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 0711164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk