Following my request on 1 December for people working in English Language Teaching to complete a survey, I received over 500 responses from around the world. The response was so overwhelming – but in a good way – that I closed the survey after three weeks, in order to take stock and to begin to analyse the information shared. It’s going to take a while, so please bear with me.
A full report of my findings will follow in 2018 ahead of a confirmed conference talk in Brighton on 10 April. In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the public blog posts on this or similar topics. I have previously linked to the first three from this blog and these ones contain links to other blog posts. Some of the links below were offered in the survey responses. Several people wanted to share something that they have written but felt that doing so would compromise their anonymity so those have not been shared here. The remaining links were collated by me this year and were not part of the responses. I’ve made them all user-friendly links, thanks to a suggestion I received.
If you took part in the survey and submitted a link but it is not listed here it might be unavailable or I couldn’t find the exact link to a relevant post on mental health or wellbeing from the information provided. If that is the case you could leave a comment with a direct link at the end.
Lizzie Pinard – Mental Health in ELT
Sandy Millin – Useful links on mental health in ELT
Elly Setterfield – A-Z of self-care for Teachers
Katherine Bilsborough – Self-development as a way to tackle low self-esteem
coperebecca – How many times do you have to start Again, Again, Again
Tyson Seburn – ELT ratio: your path to burnout
Clare Maas (Fielder) – Stress Awareness Discussion – teacher 5 a day
Roseli Serra – Burnout in ELT
Phil Nash – Five great ways to boost Language Teacher Wellbeing (BESIG)
Lama Obeid – What do they know about Depression
Danny McNeive – Living with Depression
Kieran O’Driscoll – Bullying, harrassment and Workplace Abuses
Laura Patsko – Mental Health (in ELT)
Paul Walsh (TaWSIG) – Interview with Phil Longwell about mental health
Parisa Mehran – I am More than a Stereotype
Teachers are Gold project (Australia)
Fiona Oates / ELTjam / Mental Health Friendly Initiative – Why mental health matters
Marie Delaney – Managing our own wellbeing (The Learning Harbour)
Denise Cowle – How should i deal with workplace anxiety
The Secret DOS – You don’t have to be mad to work here
Neil Millington – Be Kind to Yourself
One of the respondents, Helen Waldron, has written a book on Teacher Identity
Not ELT but this, from the Secret Teacher, is relevant – Class, I wish I had told you about my mental health
Again, not ELT but relevant – Kevin McLaughlin – The Depressed Teacher
Again, not ELT but relevant – Daisy Buchanan – How to support a friend who is struggling with their mental health
That’s it for now and that’s it for 2017! Do look after yourself.