Higher education staff suffer 'epidemic' of poor mental health

theguardian | May 23, 2019

Higher education staff suffer 'epidemic' of poor mental health
The number of university workers accessing counselling and occupational health services has shot up, according to research which describes “an epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff.Freedom of information requests revealed that at one university, staff referrals to counselling services went up more than 300% over a six-year period up to 2015 while, at another, referrals to occupational health soared by more than 400%.There has been growing awareness of the crisis in student mental health in recent years, but attention is increasingly turning to staff in universities, many of whom are said to be “at breaking point”.According to the study, based on data from 59 universities, there has been a 316% increase in access to counselling services at the University of Warwick, a 292% increase at Kent, 172% at Brunel, 126% at Newcastle and 88% at Bristol.

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Every child deserves access to a quality education that provides the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to prepare them for a successful career and fulfilling life. Of all K-12 students in America, approximately 50.7 million are enrolled in public schools, 4.9 million in private schools, and about 1.8 million students are home schooled. Charter schools are publicly-funded, independently-operated schools. They operated under a performance contract with an authorizer (e.g. a district, the state, or other entity) and receive more autonomy in exchange for greater accountability.

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