One in ten teachers taking antidepressants to cope with work stresses

Excessive workloads and lack of support are making teachers depressed “to the point of suicidal tendencies”, new figures reveal, prompting fresh concerns for teacher welfare.

 

Evidence presented from 4,908 teachers across the country suggests more than one in 10 are taking antidepressants to cope with work stresses.

 

Six in 10 teachers say their job has impacted on their mental health in the past 12 months, and many reported turning to alcohol, medication and other drugs as a coping strategy.

 

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