Coping with the news: tips for teachers and education staff

Take a look at our tips for teachers and education staff to help cope with difficult news. 

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Many people have been affected by the crisis unfolding in Ukraine - and we know it’s a particular challenge for teachers and education staff who may need to address distressing topics in the classroom, while supporting pupils, colleagues and loved ones.

Take a look at our tips for coping with the difficult news, and remember, if you need support then we’re here for you 24/7. Anyone working in education can call our free and confidential helpline on 08000 562 561 and speak to a qualified counsellor.

Tips to cope with the news

1

Manage your exposure

Continuous exposure to upsetting media coverage can feel overwhelming. Limit the time you spend watching the news. It might help to turn off notifications on your phone, close certain apps or unfollow particular channels.


2

Talk things over

Studies have shown that talking about your experiences and sharing emotions can significantly improve your wellbeing. Could you instigate some time to talk during the school day between pupils and teachers?


3

Give yourself permission

It’s important to give yourself permission to take breaks and do what you enjoy – especially during times of stress. Despite what you may think, resting makes you more productive and better at your job in the longer term.


4

Do something practical

You may be feeling impotent in the face of world events. Think about the things you can do together as a school. This could be making a class donation, setting up a fundraiser or volunteering with colleagues.


5

Practice kindness

Studies have shown acts of kindness and compassion are linked to increased wellbeing, improved health and reduced stress. So practicing them isn’t just good for others – it helps you too. Can you have a classroom discussion about the importance of kindness?


6

Seek support

Anyone working in education can call our free and confidential helpline 24/7 on 08000 562 561 and speak to a qualified counsellor. Call us, we’ll listen.


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