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Mental Health Awareness in Teachers.
Mental health awareness is a big deal, a VERY big deal. For everyone. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed today and I came across the video I’ve put in this post. It features a guy who survived jumping from the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco in a suicide attempt. I don’t usually watch the videos Facebook helpfully puts in my feed but this one hooked me, I watched it all the way through, an then again a couple more times. It was so powerful. He talked about the moment he let go of the railings he felt regret. He then went on to talk about how he rebuilt his life after being scooped from the water.
Yes, It’s relevant to teachers!
We all have hugely stressful jobs, it gets to all of us at some stage. I’ve certainly had my dark times over the years. I wanted to say that if you find yourself struggling and getting to the point where suicide becomes an idea to find someone to talk to BUT if you have got to that point, you probably can’t reach out. Thinking about it, I think it’s a better message for me to say keep an eye on each other, recognise if one of your colleagues or friends has withdrawn or seems to be struggling, reach out to them! Speaking from personal experience, sometimes a kind word makes the world of difference. It can show them that they are not alone, that they are thought and cared about. This is exactly what people who are in that dark place need. Trust me one this!
We are a close community, look after each other please Guys and Gals.
I also recently listened to an episode of WTF, a podcast by the American Comedian and Actor Marc Maron. He was interviewing an author called Dave Itzkoff who has written a biography of the late Robin Williams. After the interview Marc plays his interview with Robin Williams from 2010. It is a great interview that gave me tears of joy and sadness. It’s well worth listen. You can find it on the link below.
This is intentionally a short post, I think the video and the podcast episode say it all better than I ever could. I don’t feel it’s right to self promote in this post but I think that the links below are relevant.
Take care guys, look after yourselves and each other.
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