NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Underpaid, understaffed, underfunded, underappreciated: These are just a few challenges teachers say they are facing in Tennessee.

Beth Walser, Clinical Director at Volunteer Behavioral Health System, joins Nickelle Smith in the News 2 studio with mental health options available for teachers. 

“If you’re a teacher and you feel burned out, that would feel like numbing, robotic, being mentally exhausted, or just feeling like you don’t want to get out of bed to go to a job you went to school for and see students that you love, those are symptoms that should be a cry to get some help,” said Walser.

Walser says a few things teachers can do when feeling burnout is: 

  • Set boundaries 
  • Focus on what you can control 
  • Don’t isolate yourself 
  • Perform self-care acts to help recenter 

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