Its back to school time. Parents and teachers are busy preparing school-aged children for a new year of learning. As parents purchase school supplies and teachers prepare lesson plans and classrooms, children’s health is never far from the adults’ minds. Parents are often on top of their children’s required vaccinations and doctor’s visits and teachers are sometimes the first to notice signs of illness in children. Yet, the very guardians of our children’s, education, health, and safety throughout the school year, may ignore their own health and wellness due to their dedication to their jobs. Mental Wellness Month is a perfect opportunity for all of us, including teachers, to safeguard our state of well-being.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), “Forty-six percent of teachers report high daily stress, which compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.” Stress is not the only health hazard that teachers face. The website, www.logicroots.com , suggests other health issues such as, voice disorders, speech and language disorders, viral diseases, and the high risk of violence that some teachers face.
Therefore, teachers should be encouraged to seek counseling and therapy to learn how to cope with their stressors in order to lead more productive and fruitful lives. For mental health referrals or for an annual physical, you may walk-in or schedule an appointment at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics. You may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.