Loneliness - A guide for teachers and education staff

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, Education Support in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation has produced a guide to support teachers and education staff with the experience of loneliness.

Loneliness is something that affects us all, with most of us likely experiencing loneliness at some point in our lives. But the experiences of loneliness will be different for each of us, based on our situation in life. Experiences of loneliness can have adverse effects on our mental health.

Teachers and school staff are an important part of the support networks of children and young people. Nevertheless, many report experiences of burn-out, stress and exhaustion. So that they are able to support pupils, it's important that teachers and school staff are supported too.

The guide explores the concept of loneliness; what it is, the different types of loneliness, and some ways to support ourselves and peers.

For support

Education Support is a charity that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and education staff. You can call the Education Support’s helpline for 24/7 emotional support: 08000 562 561 This is available for anyone working in education.