The current challenge facing schools
One of the greatest challenges currently facing schools is the high level of stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion experienced among school students and staff.
This has had a devastating impact on school communities, affecting mental and physical health, job-satisfaction, enjoyment of school, academic results, mood, relationships, quality of life and general well-being. Increased pressure and higher expectations are mostly to blame. This is largely due to human evolution and the fact that students, parents and staff want to achieve more than ever before.
The simple solution is to reduce pressure and expectations, and to some extent this needs to happen. However, this is not feasible for schools that need to maintain optimal results to survive. Furthermore, schools are reluctant to interfere with an individual’s desire to aim high or excel.
Many students and staff want support, but shy away from it due to stigma, shame, working long hours, not having free time and/or not wanting to miss work/class. Even when pupils and staff seek help, support services are often oversubscribed or limited.