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Report finds high rate of depression symptoms in NE teachers

Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 15:05:34-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A new study shows the majority (86%) of surveyed early childhood teachers in Nebraska showed signs of depression.

According to the report from the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, Nebraska’s early childhood teachers may be suffering from depression, which might impact the care of your child.

“Teachers’ well-being in the workplace is essential for supporting their engagement in high-quality interactions and instruction with young children and families. Since young children rely on these high quality interactions for their learning and healthy development, it is important to provide environments and resources that support teachers’ well-being,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of research and evaluation at the Buffett Institute and one of the report authors.

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute says they believe depression in teachers could be linked to certain stressors:

“According to the brief, characteristics related to increased reports of depression include lack of health insurance, lower wages, holding multiple jobs, increased workplace demands and fewer workplace supports.”

More than 1,600 members of Nebraska’s Early Childhood workforce took part in the study.

You can read the full report here