The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, as of last year, there are more than 500,000 fewer educators in the U.S. public school system than there were before the pandemic. As a result, most teachers have taken on extra work due to unfilled job openings in their districts, and all the extra stress as well. It’s not surprising that 44% of teachers are burned out. In fact, teaching was ranked as the top profession for burnout in a 2022 Gallup poll, according to a news release.

Growing Challenge

Amidst this growing challenge, Effective School Solutions, the leading provider of school-based mental health services, and Psych Hub, the leading provider of mental health education, connection, and engagement solutions, are proud to announce a strategic partnership to expand access to mental health learning resources for educators. Together, these organizations are collaborating to equip more teachers to understand and support mental health for themselves, students, and colleagues through Psych Hub’s Mental Health Ally for Educators program.

The need for mental health support in schools has never been more evident. Over the past decade, school-aged youth have been experiencing increased mental health challenges, including mental health disorders, depressive episodes, suicide, and ER visits for mental health issues. Educators need support as well. Nearly three-quarters of teachers and 85% of principals experience frequent job-related stress, and 25% report experiencing signs of depression. What’s more, only 2% of teachers said their district offers support for mental health and well-being.

“This partnership between Effective School Solutions and Psych Hub represents a significant step forward in our collective mission to prioritize the mental health of students and educators,” said Duncan Young, CEO of Effective School Solutions. “By combining our expertise in delivering on-the-ground mental health services with Psych Hub’s world-class educational resources, we are empowering educators to be effective allies in promoting mental well-being within their school communities.”

Solutions

The Mental Health Ally for Educators program combines Effective School Solutions’ expertise in delivering comprehensive mental health services within schools with Psych Hub’s cutting-edge mental health education platform, creating a holistic approach to addressing mental health in educational settings and providing support for students, educators, and school communities.

Key Components of the Program

  • Online Training Modules: Educators will have access to a library of on-demand, evidence-based training modules developed by Psych Hub’s team of mental health experts. These modules cover a wide range of topics, from recognizing signs of mental distress to implementing supportive strategies in the classroom.
  • Webinars: Regular webinars will feature renowned mental health professionals and educators, providing real-time insights and guidance on addressing mental health challenges in the school environment.
  • Resource Hub: An extensive repository of resources, including toolkits, lesson plans, and printable materials, will be available to educators for easy implementation in their classrooms and schools.

Marjorie Morrison, Co-Founder and CEO of Psych Hub, added, “We believe that providing educators with the knowledge and tools to support mental health is crucial in creating safe and inclusive learning environments. Together with Effective School Solutions, we are proud to launch the Mental Health Ally for Educators program to ensure educators are well-equipped to address the unique mental health needs of their students, their colleagues, and themselves.”

For more information and to register for the program, please email info@effectiveschoolsolutions.com

Source: Psych Hub; Effective School Solutions