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ATL comment on ONS report on national suicide rates

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The statistics give a hard edge to the stories we hear time and again from our members - that they are exhausted from the constant stress of never feeling they are on top of their workload and that they feel expected to devote every minute of their lives to their work.

Stress factsheet

Second only to those working in the health and social care field, education staff are among the most stressed workers in the land.

Stress and well-being in FE

The education sector traditionally experiences high stress levels.

Stress management in the workplace

Stress is an adverse reaction that people experience when faced with excessive pressure. If the factors creating the pressure are not dealt with, that pressure can lead to mental and/or physical ill health (eg depression, nervous breakdown, heart disease).

If you are suffering from stress

The important thing to remember is that stress is an organisational problem, not an individual weakness. If you are suffering from work-related stress, your employer has a legal duty to tackle it. There is no stigma attached to asking for help.