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The power of ‘small’ can be…well… massive

4th February 2021

The power of ‘small’ can be…well… massive. Especially when it comes to mental health.

As the theme of this year’s ‘Time to Talk’ Day it’s a timely reminder that a small action has the power to make a big difference.

A short conversation, a thoughtful message or a caring phone call. These can all help us process our worries or develop a new perspective. Sharing what’s on our mind with a skilled listener, or someone we trust, can make a big impact on how we feel.

Almost half the calls to our helpline are one-off conversations. Our callers (teachers and other education staff) often tell us that it made a big difference.  

Back in the first lockdown, we heard from Rosa, a Spanish teacher who developed a long-term back problem and began tutoring from home.

Although she looked after herself as well as possible, she found she was struggling more when the Pandemic hit.

"I’m usually positive but the Coronavirus crisis made me feel very low, very depressed. As a home tutor, my regular students had stopped coming so I have less income."

After speaking to one of our qualified counsellors, she commented:

"They listened to how I felt and that really helped. She made me think about how I am useful, and helped me feel more positive about my situation."

Su called our helpline and spoke to a trained counsellor after a traumatic safeguarding incident during the first stage of the pandemic.

She explained:

"I knew I needed to talk it through with someone after it happened. One of our students took their own life and we had no indication that anything was wrong. It was a shock for the whole school community but it was taking its emotional toll on me.

"The helpline counsellor gave me permission to feel what I was feeling and that I wasn’t burdening anyone. I would say to anyone considering calling, don’t feel that it is a sign of weakness. Get in touch as soon as you feel things aren’t right as it really helped."

The small act of having an honest conversation about our feelings is essential in lockdown. This is especially important for teachers and education staff who are constantly adapting to new demands and new ways of teaching.

Check in with yourself on Time to Talk Day. How are you feeling? Would the small act of reaching out to chat make a difference?

Remember that we are always here. If you call us, we’ll listen.

Our free, confidential helpline is available 24/7 to all teachers and education staff: 08000 562 561.