(Australia) Mental health issues of students taking a toll on principals

Aug 4, 2017, The Educator (Australia): Govt announces principal well-being initiative Every public school principal in Victoria will soon be given health checks as part of a State Government initiative to identify trends and intervene. The voluntary and anonymous medical check-ups will assess and monitor principals’ physical health. Principals will also be given confidential reports outlining the medical assessments as well as potential future health risks. The Victorian Education Department estimates that up to 30% of the state’s 3,117 public school principals and assistant principals will participate in the health checks every year. The most recent survey into principal health and well-being shows that increasing reports of stress due to the mental health issues of students and staff are taking a heavy toll on principals.