The Elephant in the Room: Teachers’ Mental Health in the Pandemic

Hello, folks

I wanted to share with you the recording of my talk at the MELTA 2020 International Biannual Conference. I discussed some of the issues related to Mental Health and how important it is for us to listen to the cues our body sends us.

I’d like to thank my friend Claire Venables, for sharing important references on burnout, and Sarah Mercer, for posting the link to Educational Leadership’s issue about Mental Health for Educators. I also want to say how much I appreciate all the help I got from so many teachers who shared their struggles with me so that I could put this talk together.

Special thanks to MELTA, in particular Veronika Bandurina for inviting me via Ron Morrain, who kindly recommended my name, and my awesome hostess, Yulia Svetikova.

The references I used are below


Barrett, L. F. (2017). How emotions are made: The secret life of the brain. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Drisko, James. (2004) Common Factors in Psychotherapy Outcome: Meta-Analytic Findings and Their Implications for Practice and Research. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services: 2004, Vol. 85, No. 1, pp. 81-90.

Gross, J.J., & Levenson, R.W. (1997) Hiding feelings: The acute effects of inhibiting negative and positive emotion. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107(1), 95-103.

Hakanen, J. J., Bakker, A. B., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2006). Burnout and Work Engagement among Teachers. Journal of School Psychology, 43, 495-513.

Lieberman, M. D., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2009). Pains and pleasures of social life. Science.

Maslach, C., Schaufeli, W. B., & Leiter, M. P. (2001). Job burnout. Annual review of psychology52(1), 397-422.

Webster, D. M., & Kruglanski, A. W. (1998). Cognitive and social consequences of the need for cognitive closure. In W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds.), European review of social psychology (pp. 133-173). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

ASCD (2020)

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André Hedlund

André Hedlund is a Chevening Scholar from Brazil, MSc in Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol in the UK, and a pedagogical consultant for National Geographic Learning. He has been an EFL teacher for over 15 years and has worked both as an academic coordinator and a CamLa (Cambridge and Michigan Language Assessments) examiner at a Brazilian Binational Center. Currently, he is the president of an ONG called Partners of the Americas Goiás and the representative of the Brazilian TESOL's Mind, Brain, and Education Special Interest Group in the Midwest.

8 thoughts on “The Elephant in the Room: Teachers’ Mental Health in the Pandemic”

  1. Well done on this presentation, Andre, and for adding your voice on this topic. I liked the way you kept using the ‘elephant’ analogy in what you said and on the slides. I also referred to ‘the Elephant in the Room’ – a book by Chris Eyre – when I first presented on this topic. It was interesting when you personalised this by saying you had a panic attack for the first time in Barcelona. This is what happened to writer and mental health advocate, Matt Haig, and formed the basis of the song ‘Barcelona’ that was co-written with Andy Burrows. If you don’t know it, check it out.

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    1. Phil, thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate the suggestions as well. I had heard of Chris Eyre’s book but never read it.

      As for Matt Haig, I confess I had never heard of him before. What a coincidence that his song is actually named Barcelona. I’ll definitely check it out

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