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Are we getting better at recognising burnout?

27th January - 03rd February 2023

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5-11 votes


11-16+ votes

Burnout is something that is normally associated with jobs and careers. But it is also important to consider it in a school context. The discussion on burnout usually revolves around exams and academic pressure, but also can be attributed to other things such as being in social spaces.

There has been a marked growth in children experiencing anxiety at school and in social situations. This research, completed by the charity Place2Be, found that 78% of those they saw in counselling sessions felt anxious in social situations. And it is incredibly important for young people to make friends so they can help each other out through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2023 and its theme of Let’s Connect, our voters discussed the triggers, signs and effects of burnout. They discussed how experiencing burnout can negatively impact our mental health and the importance of recognising the signs in ourselves and others. Finally, they debated whether society’s response to burnout is improving.

young child in thinking pose


"We don't get enough rest because school starts so early. At school the teachers are under pressure to get all the work done and so we have to work hard for a lot of the time to complete everything.”

teenager scratching their head in confusion


“We are getting better at recognising burnout but not doing enough to support people experiencing it.”

college student standing and looking at the camera


“Recognising burnout can be easier when you have experienced it yourself. You can recognise the signs you experienced and support others when you see them exhibiting those signs. The support for burnout is better and it is more accepted now."

58% of voters aged 5 to 11 said that we don't get enough rest.

  • Voters aged 5 to 11 were voting on the question: "Do we get enough rest?"
  • Almost 60% said 'No', with many of the comments referencing long school days and a heavy work ouput.
64% of voters aged 11 to 16 said that we are not getting any better at recognising burnout symptoms

  • Voters aged 11+ were answering the question: "Are we getting better at recognising burnout?"
  • 64% of those aged 11 to 16 said 'No'.
  • A common theme in the comments this week was that, whilst burnout is discussed more readily, there are still not effective policies in place to protect and help those suffering.
53% of our 16+ voters agreed, saying 'No' to the question: "Are we getting better at recognising burnout?"

  • Similarly, our 16+ voters had a majority 'No' vote at 53%.
  • However, this was a less decisive 'No' vote, with it almost being a 50/50 split at 47% 'Yes'.
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