The mental health of Australian principals in school communities
Here at headspace we've spent years working with schools to improve the mental health of young people. Through this experience we've seen an important area that is not receiving enough recognition or support the mental health of principals.
Principals and teachers experience higher levels of burnout and stress and poorer overall quality of life, when compared with the general population. Yet in the next decade, mental health, resilience and emotional intelligence will rise to be the most critical quality of high preforming school leaders.
It's a fact: there's never been a more important time to invest in principal and teacher mental health. If you work in a school environment and want to reduce stress, improve your outlook and build mental health, the following list is for you. It's a collection of tools and resources that we trust and recommend to help promote a healthy headspace.
In 2018, headspace is excited to be promoting the mental health of principals alongside leaders from all Australian education sectors and Australia Principal Associations. We would also like to acknowledge the work of Smiling Mind, Sleep Health Foundation and Beyondblue.