Around one in three education professionals are suffering from anxiety or depression, says one leading jobs board.

Their findings reveal that 32% of educational professionals they questioned have mental health issues and 45% of them said their job is a key contributor.

The survey of 1,200 workers was created to reveal how many are affected by mental health with 84% of education professionals suffering from anxiety or depression said this sometimes can have a negative effect on their working life.

However, 16% said the feelings always had a negative impact on their working life.

Top causes for anxiety and/or depression

When researchers asked for more details about the issues about their work that made them feel as they do, those in education said the top causes for anxiety and/or depression were:

  • Doubting my abilities (38%)
  • Not getting on with boss (19%)
  • Working with clients (17%)
  • Scared of senior staff members (14%)
  • Lone working (9.5%)

The researchers also found that those in education revealed that the negative impact from their anxiety or depression was, for 60% of respondents, the feeling of being tired.

For 20% of education professionals, their feelings mean they have to take a lot of time off work.

The managing director of CV-Library that undertook the research, Lee Biggins, said: “While we are beginning to talk more about mental health across the UK, it’s clear there is still more that should be done to help people affected, particularly in the workplace.

‘Nearly a third of education professionals suffer from anxiety or depression’

“It’s sad that nearly a third of education professionals suffer from anxiety or depression and it’s having a negative impact on their ability to do their job.”

He urged those education professionals who are affected by mental health issues to take action.

Mr Biggins added: “This might not be easy but it’s the first step. Speak to a manager and if you don’t feel comfortable with that then speak to a trusted colleague or find help outside of work.

“Unfortunately, mental health issues aren’t something we can always escape but there are steps to tackle issues and no one should suffer in silence.”

The researchers also found that 24% of education professionals say that their employer does nothing to help those who suffering with mental health issues and 47% said they were unsure whether their boss would help if they are asked.