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Survey into New Zealand teachers’ emotional well-being

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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  

Click here to take the survey

The questionnaire is completely confidential and anonymous.


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.

Thank you,

Dianne Khan




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 – visit the website, email or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) (provides confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues).
Website with support for Male survivors of sexual abuse.
If you’re currently outside of New Zealand, you can find help near you through this international list of crisis centres.

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7 thoughts on “Survey into New Zealand teachers’ emotional well-being

  1. Does ‘Teachers’ include Principals?

    Kelvin Woodley Principal Tapawera Area School 03 522 4337 021 024 75147

    “…the most powerful learning arises out of the children’s own lives and experiences.” Elwyn Richardson NZ


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    Posted by K Woodley | April 15, 2016, 12:38 pm
  2. It will be interesting to see to what extent anxiety and stress is an issue in New Zealand schools, and in particular whether the bullying culture that seems so prevalent in New Zealand is a factor. I recently wrote a post about the cultural phenomenon of Tall Poppy Syndrome here, from my Pom perspective (which got hundreds of views and some very interesting comments: and wonder how TPS can be addressed? I recently learnt about an organisation who aim to change these potentially damaging practices: See their facebook page for some fascinating – and disturbing – experiences shared by individuals who have been victims of bullying and harassment in the workplace. Great work Dianne – I look forward to seeing any outcomes from this and follow-up projects that will inevitably develop.


    Posted by Ursula Edgington | April 15, 2016, 1:59 pm
  3. I am extremely disturbed by the bullying by leaders in schools, one in particular. While the BOT, the MOE, the ERO, Teacher’s Council and even the Secretary of Education are aware of this, none of them or NZEI have been able to make any difference to the staff who work there. Many have left the school and, of those who are left, are still trying to get new jobs. It would be interesting to find out what common patterns there are among leaders with bullying behaviours. I’ve seen links in checklists of behaviours typical of dangerous and sick individuals. Surely weeding out these people and replacing them with suitable leaders would have a huge effect on teacher anxiety and stress and therefore on student engagement etc. too. I am sure many great leaders are waiting in the wings.


    Posted by Ruth | May 4, 2016, 4:15 pm


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