Teachers in the UK have a 40% higher risk of suicide than other professions research has shown.Retired primary head and researcher John Illingworth has written to teachersolidarity about teacher stress and is interested to hear how this problem and in particular suicide amongst teachers – is manifested in the rest of the world. John writes:
“In the UK there is evidence that teacher suicides are increasing. Suicide is the tragic extreme of a much larger problem of depressive illness amongst our teachers. Thousands of UK teachers leave the profession each year because of such illness which is often work-related. Reports of such suicides often cite the UK’s harsh accountability systems as a factor. In particular, OFSTED (The UK school inspection system) has been identified.