We aware of the growing rates of reported stress, anxiety and depression among the teaching profession and, in order to gauge the scale of the issue, we have created a short, informal survey for NZ teachers to complete:
New Zealand Teachers’ Emotional Well-being: Informal inquiry into teachers’ well-being in New Zealand Schools
The questionnaire is completely confidential and anonymous.
It is for NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS ONLY.
Because of financial limitations, participation is restricted to 100 respondents. However, the results from this small anonymous survey will allow some insight into the current situation in New Zealand schools and whether it is perhaps worthwhile pursing a full research project on this subject.
We would very much value your input into this questionnaire.
We also recognise the complexities of this subject and welcome any additional feedback.
Lastly, please look after yourself and others. It’s not the easiest time to be teaching, but you owe it to yourself to stay well.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
Employee Assistance Program (EAP):
Free counselling is available for most NZ teachers. The program gives staff access to three sessions of free confidential counselling and advice each year that is either face-to-face, via telephone, or online chat. EAP registered practitioners can help with relationship breakdowns, alcohol and drug issues, workplace bullying, family issues, depression, financial stress and personal trauma. Check whether your school is subscribed to the EAP as part of their Health and Safety strategy. You can book online.
Below is a list of other New Zealand services that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
Healthline – (Ministry of Health) 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Victim Support helpline 0800 842 846 Free 24 / 7 community response to help victims of serious crime and trauma.
Government Information for Victims of Crime: (in an emergency, ring 111)
What’s Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) – 0800 942 8787