Principal Mental Health

The purpose of this anonymous survey is to understand the role mental health plays in the mind of a school leader. A school leader is anyone in the role of dean of students, building principal, assistant principal, central office administrator or school superintendent. In the survey questions, you will see school/district which means when reading each question as a principal you will only consider the questions through the school lens, and as a central office leader you will consider the questions through the district lens. 
The survey results will be used in the Finding Common Ground blog. 

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* 1. My position can best be described as

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* 2. The country in which I reside is

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* 3. My school/District can best be described as

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* 4. Our school/district student population is

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* 5. The poverty rate of my school/district is

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* 6. Over the last 7 months during COVID I have experienced an increase in the amount of stress that I feel on a daily basis.

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* 7. Please name 3 of the most important reasons that contribute to your level of stress (If you are not experiencing stress please skip the next questions that focus on increased stress).

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* 8. If you answered yes to Question 6, before COVID were you also experiencing an increase in stress as a school leader?

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* 9. If the reasons for that stress are different from those you experienced during COVID, please explain.

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* 10. Due to stress, my job as a school leader has been negatively impacted.

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* 11. If you answered yes to the last question, please indicate in what ways your position as a school leader has been negatively impacted. 

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* 12. Grant (2020) says that schools are experiencing three stages, which are triage, transition and transform. When it comes to Triage (crisis), Transition (moving forward positively) and Transform (my practice has evolved for the better), the following best describes how I am presently feeling.

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* 13. If you chose triage, please explain why.

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* 14. If you chose transition, please explain why.

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* 15. If you chose transform, please explain why.

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* 16. In our school/district we engage in dialogue about the importance of adult mental health?

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* 17. The following are ways we make mental health for adults a priority in our school/district.

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* 18. As a school leader I feel connected to the people I work with?

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* 19. I connect with people at school or in my district in the following ways.

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* 20. I believe self-care is important for my mental health?

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* 21. I set boundaries for myself so I can disconnect from work.

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* 22. The following are ways that I set boundaries for work.

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* 23. I practice self-care several times a week?

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* 24. The following are some ways that I practice self-care. Please check all that apply. 

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* 25. Why do you believe many school administrators do not like to talk about the stress they feel on the job?

Thank you for taking this survey. Mental health of adults in a school is vitally important. If you need assistance with mental health options please visit https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help. 
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