Problems left unattended, have a habit of becoming a crisis 

– Unknown


Beyonce Thomas. one of the stakeholders for the campaign

Hi everyone, welcome to another bumboclaat blog post. My campaign is about anxiety and depression in the workplace among high school teachers. The overall outcome of the campaign has been a success so far. We decided to focus on mental illness in the workplace since it is a popular issue in Jamaica’s society.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure, while depression is a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest, which stops you from doing your normal activities. Anxiety and depression are not only common among teenagers but is common among adults.

After speaking to teachers from my previous high school, I can confidently say that teaching is not for the faint of heart. Tasks such as marking, writing lesson plans, dealing with disobedient students…caring for students like your own child is only the tip of the iceberg for a teacher. Furthermore, this campaign is to encourage teachers to put their Bumboclaat mental health first.

Research from a counselling psychologist shows that one way to cope with anxiety and depression is to first report to HR (Human Resource) and explain your problems whether it be stress or depressive symptoms. Also, therapy is the number one recommended way to cope with a mental illness. In addition, changing your Bumboclaat lifestyle and sleep pattern is recommended to overcome anxiety and depression.

The stress of work takes a toll on Mental health.


However, some teachers may disagree with the solutions that we have suggested for our campaign. Teachers may not agree that feeling stressed, sad, overwhelmed or losing interest in daily life activities are symptoms of anxiety and depression. Also, reporting to HR about personal and mental health problems may not help teachers to cope with anxiety and depression.

It is often said that companies don’t care for their employees. Some teachers might think that the care companies or HR have is non-existent furthermore their first solution to mental health is reporting it to HR which in some cases is Bumboclatt true.

In addition, teachers and other employees can say that feeling stressed, sad, overwhelmed, worthless isn’t a cause for concern. However, these are symptoms of anxiety and depression. Please do not ignore or look past these issues you might experience when on the job. In the long run, these symptoms can lead to something more serious or detrimental which can affect your work in the future.