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Caring for those who educate us: The Importance of Prioritizing the Mental Health of Teachers


Mental health is a fundamental aspect of people's lives, and teachers are no exception. It is crucial to address this issue with education professionals, as their emotional and psychological well-being directly influences their job performance and the quality of education they provide to students.

It is critical to prioritize teachers' mental health in a number of key circumstances and at key times to ensure their well-being and ability to perform their jobs effectively.

Some times when it is especially important to prioritize teachers' mental health include:

  • Start of the School Year: Before the start of a new school year, it is crucial to provide emotional support to teachers so that they begin the year with a positive mindset and renewed energy.
  • Evaluation Periods: During periods of intense assessments or high-pressure situations, it is essential to provide resources and spaces for teachers to manage stress and anxiety in a healthy way.
  • After Stressful Situations: After stressful or conflictive situations in the educational environment, it is important to provide psychological support to teachers so that they can process their emotions and recover emotionally.
  • Closing of the School Year: At the end of the school year, it is necessary to reflect on the achievements and challenges experienced, as well as to provide spaces for self-care and disconnection so that teachers can recharge their batteries and prepare for the next cycle.
  • Symptoms of Burnout: In the event of signs of burnout, chronic stress or emotional problems in teachers, it is imperative to intervene immediately and offer them the necessary support, either through mental health services or emotional wellness programs.

In other words, prioritizing the mental health of teachers should be a constant task throughout the school year, paying attention to specific moments of greater emotional vulnerability and providing the necessary support at each stage to ensure their well-being and their ability to perform their educational role optimally.

There are now specific mental health programs for teachers. These programs are designed to provide support and resources to teachers, taking into account the particular demands and challenges of their profession.

Caring for those who educate us: The Importance of Prioritizing the Mental Health of Teachers

Some of these programs focus on prevention and promotion of mental health, while others focus on intervention and treatment of emotional and stress-related problems.

Resources for Teachers' Mental Health

  • Colombia Learns: This program offers tools and resources for teachers to identify mental health characteristics and burnout affectations. It provides information and strategies for self-care and emotional well-being of teachers.
  • Five Essential Pillars to Promote and Protect the Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-Being of People Working in Education - [PDF]: This document outlines key recommendations for strengthening education systems and protecting the mental health and psychosocial well-being of teachers. It provides guidelines and strategies for creating healthy work environments and promoting emotional well-being.
  • Mental Health - Teacher Contact: This program aims to provide mental health prevention and promotion tools to teachers in the Entities. It provides resources and training on topics such as stress management, resilience and self-care.

According to a monograph published in the Revista Iberoamericana de Educación and written by Francisco Alonso Fernández, the mental health of teachers is a crucial issue in many countries, including Spain, where mental illness ranks first in terms of morbidity among this group, affecting approximately 30% of teachers. Among the most common conditions are stress syndrome, depression, anxiety, phobias, psychosomatic disorders and paranoid symptomatology.

Caring for those who educate us: The Importance of Prioritizing the Mental Health of Teachers

In addition, a high consumption of tranquilizing medications is observed among teachers, often self-administered, reflecting the need to adequately address mental health in the educational setting.

Stress syndrome and emotional exhaustion are frequent problems faced by teachers, with significant consequences at the individual, organizational and societal levels. This burnout often precedes loss of motivation and job satisfaction, leading to a state of demotivation.

Although about 50% of teachers may spontaneously recover from this emotional exhaustion, the remainder may fall into a continuous state of emotional exhaustion associated with stress syndrome, highlighting the importance of addressing these mental health problems effectively.

It is essential to implement strategies to prevent and address mental health problems in the educational setting, especially in the case of teachers.

The promotion of emotional well-being and the creation of healthy work environments are key aspects to ensure the mental health of this group and prevent the development of mental disorders. Addressing the underlying causes of stress and emotional exhaustion, as well as providing adequate support and resources, are crucial actions to protect the mental health of teachers and promote a positive and healthy educational environment.


In conclusion, the importance is critical in addressing the mental health of teachers, especially in a context where mental illness occupies a prominent place in the morbidity of this group. With an alarming prevalence of mental health problems and conditions such as stress syndrome and emotional exhaustion, it is imperative to implement effective strategies to prevent and manage these challenges.

The high consumption of tranquilizing medications among teachers and the loss of motivation and job satisfaction underscore the urgency of promoting emotional well-being and creating healthy work environments in the educational setting.

Ultimately, addressing the underlying causes of stress, providing adequate support, and fostering self-care are critical actions to protect teachers' mental health and ensure a positive educational environment conducive to their personal and professional development.

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About the author:
Diana Gutiérrez Eureka logo

Diana Gutiérrez is a journalist and content strategist for Eureka Simulations. She holds a degree in social communication and journalism from Universidad los Libertadores and has extensive experience in socio-political, administrative, technological, and gaming fields.