Supports and Wellbeing for Teachers

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The Teaching Council holds the wellbeing of all teachers and learners in high regard. 

Please find below a list of supports and resources under the following headings: 

Personal 

Professional

Financial

As well as online resources, the Teaching Council was involved in organising the inaugural Wellbeing for Teachers and Learners conference which took place in Croke Park on 18th November 2017. Watch a video of the conference here

Personal Supports

This employee assistance and wellbeing programme service provides teachers and their immediate family members with access to confidential counselling (supportive and solution-focused). It can assist teachers in coping with the effect of personal and work-related issues. The service is free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to teachers.

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk at any time, about anything that is getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Don’t suffer alone.

If you are experiencing depression or bipolar disorder, Aware has a free support line, support email and nationwide support groups.

Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.

Provides a service where someone listens in confidence and without judgement, seven days a week. Contact by phone or online through an instant messaging service or by going to one a peer support group.

The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland – an information and support service for eating disorders.

Part of the HSE, this site covers advice, information and support services for mental health and wellbeing.

This movement for wellbeing campaigns on driving social change in key areas of mental wellness, runs events and has an excellent website with articles around different aspects of mental health.

ReachOut.com is an online youth mental health service that focuses on people aged 12 to 25 with emphasis on peer support.

Professional Supports

Professional Development Service for Teachers has resources aimed at the primary and post-primary sectors.  They run workshops and have CPD opportunities for teachers; keep an eye on their page.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland provides information on pay and conditions, and has resources for teachers in both post-primary and further education.

This union provides information on pay and conditions, and has resources for teachers in post-primary.

This union provides information on pay and conditions, and has resources for primary school teachers.

This site provides resources and information for teachers in different subject areas.

Collaboration and peer learning is supported at the festival through workshops and panel discussions, which are aimed at reflecting the complexity of teaching and the commitment of teachers to continuous improvement in teaching.

The Further Education Support Service website has a range of resources for the further education sector. They also deliver CPD.

This is the umbrella organisation of the education centres in Ireland (21 full-time and 9 part-time). The education centres run courses for teachers, many of which are free.

IPPN is the officially-recognised professional body for the leaders of Irish primary schools.

The NAPD website acts as a “one stop shop” offering a range of supports and resources to school leaders during their busy working day.

The NIPT supports Newly Qualified Teachers and their professional support team during the induction phase. 



Financial Supports

  • MABs (Money Advice and Budgeting Service)  0761-072000

MABS is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for more than twenty years. MABS is free, confidential and independent.

The  Wellbeing for Teachers and Learners conference took place on 18th November 2017. You can watch a video of the conference below. 

      

Dr Claire Hayes of Aware has written a number of articles on the topic of depression which may be of interest. Read them by clicking the links below.