Webinar: Self Care for Teachers


Jigsaw Connect for Teachers Live Webinars


The ‘Jigsaw Connect for Teachers’ Live Webinars are being delivered on Thursdays (4pm – 5pm each Thursday), in collaboration with ESCI. The live webinars, available to teachers who have signed up to the online eLearning Platform, are being hosted by Jigsaw Clinicians and include ESCI tutors on the panels for each. The dates & themes are as follows:


·         Thursday, 23rd April, 4pm – 5pm | Teacher-self-care for Post-Primary Teachers

·         Thursday 30th April, 4pm – 5pm | Teacher Self-care for Primary Teachers

·         Thursday 7th May, 4pm – 5pm | School connectedness – How are teachers currently maintaining school connections with students while being disconnected (during school closures)

·         Thursday 14th May, 4pm – 5pm | Managing Student stress and anxiety - How can teachers support their students to cope with the stress and anxiety of ‘unknowns’ re exams in the midst of Covid-19



These webinars are being recorded and made available for all teachers on both www.jigsawonline.ie  and the ESCI website www.esci.ie



>> To access the ESCI/Jigsaw Mental Health eLearning courses, please click here to sign up to Jigsaw's online eLearning platform


Mental Health eLearning Programme for Teachers

Jigsaw, in collaboration with ESCI Education Support Centres Ireland, has developed a number of interactive online training courses for teachers.

This unique training, based on the latest research, was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and schools. The courses are self-directed, and provides ongoing opportunities for reflection. Once you sign up using an email address, log in and complete the courses at a time and pace that suits you.

You can access our online courses here.

:Every teacher should avail of this free course. It provides participants with a clear understanding of mental health and the crucial impact that school life can have on the mental health and wellbeing of young people." - Daragh McDaid, Director, Sligo Education Centre, on behalf of ESCI, Education Support Centres Ireland


What do I do next?

The Mental Health eLearning Programme for Teachers, proudly endorsed by ESCI – Education Support Centres Ireland.

This 2 hour online training course introduces teachers to youth mental health. This course has a specific focus on the school environment and is suitable for all second level teachers.

Mental health Programme for Teachers graphicThe aims of this course are:

  • To build the mental health literacy and skills of teachers
  • To encourage teachers to think about their role in promoting youth mental health
  • To support teachers with ideas for whole school mental health promotion.

Finishing this teachers will receive a certificate of completion and be able to access a Junior and Senior Cycle classroom based workshop presentations with interactive resources.

>> To access these courses, please click here and sign up to Jigsaw's eLearning portal for those who work or volunteer with young people.

"It was realistic. The course designers/writers know schools, students and teachers, this is very evident and this is why the course is really effective." - Teacher participant in pilot test of programme

Self-care for teachers

This 45 minute online course will introduce teachers to the concept of self-care. It covers the importance of self-care in the life of a teacher, and ways to ensure it is a part of their teaching. You will receive a certificate of completion once you finish the course.

Participants will:Self-care for Teachers poster

  • Have a greater understanding of what self-care is
  • Have a greater understanding of the importance of self-care in their role as a teacher
  • Explore the challenges to supporting self-care practice
  • Be more aware of their own self-care needs
  • Be able to develop their own self-care plan.

>> For those who work or volunteer with young people, access these courses below 

Sign up to Jigsaw's eLearning portal

Midday Moment

In this uncertain time, teachers have continued to be a constant support in the lives of their students despite the obstacles that COVID-19 has put in their way.

It is not surprising that teachers have risen to the challenge and found innovative ways to continue to educate their students and support their colleagues.

Social media is full of posts from teachers and support services who are sharing their knowledge and resources to support other educators.

This situation brings with it an increased work-load and extra worry and stress. It is important that teachers take time to look after themselves through this and to set limits on their workload.

The Education Centre Network ESCI (@ESCItweets) would like to continue to support our teachers at this time. Please like and follow your local Education Centre’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to join us for our ‘Midday Moment’.

There are 1,440 minutes in every day, we are asking teachers to use a few of those minutes to be mindful, to focus on their own needs and to hopefully reduce the impact of stress that may be present in their lives.

In conjunction with Ann-Marie Ireland of Breathing Space Ireland, (https://breathingspaceireland.ie/ Facebook: Teacher Breathing Space Ireland each weekday at 12pm we are asking teachers to take a ‘Midday Moment’.

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