Managing the risk of mental health and wellbeing


Our approved partner Towergate Insurance have recently held a webinar with GP and mental health expert, Dr Dominique Thompson, Ben Chalwin from the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and Mark Riley-Pitt and Lorraine Roberts-Rance, lead healthcare risk consultants at Price Forbes. As teachers and students start returning to school, they wanted to highlight the increasing risk factors that can impact mental health:

  • Perfectionistic traits – significantly rising in young people. This can be toxic as perfectionists don’t tend to be happy with the work they do, and this can lead to an increase in anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders.

  • Competitiveness – has increased in schools even for school events like dress up days. Everything we do is judged more than before.

  • Parent involvement – parents tend to be more involved with their children’s lives than ever before. This often leads to children being less independent, and more anxious about the real world.

  • Social media – magnifies the need to be competitive and a perfectionist, in both adults and children who have access to social media.

  • World events and politics – often lead to an increase in people feeling anxious. This is especially prevalent with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Health and Wellbeing Hub is a benefit for all insured staff with The Education Broker. The hub can offer support for your mental health and wellbeing and will help reduce long and short-term absence. In the past year there were more phone calls, for the Health Hub, relating to mental health than any other category*.

*Health Assured/The Towergate Insurance Usage Report for the period 1st July 2019 – 30th June 2020.

You can contact the team at The Education Broker by calling 0800 783 3500 or email

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