What's a mental health continuum? It's a scale that recognizes a spectrum of mental health concerns that impact a person's life or career. Take this Mental Health Continuum used by the Canadian Armed Forces, it can easily be applied to the education professional.
Offering self-care advise for mental health concerns, without first looking at where our professionals are on the continuum, is not a responsible response to the problem. Many educators have passed from "healthy" or "reacting" to "injured," some "ill." 42% say they think about staying home because they're too tired; 60% lack the enthusiasm they once had for their job; 25 to 40% leave the profession in the first 5 years, mainly due to job dissatisfaction. These are signs of a mental health concern that needs more than a self care fix.
Until we recognize our problems need more than self-care solutions, we will continue to live with the effects of untreated mental health concerns among our educators: high absenteeism, difficulties in preforming in the classroom, lower student performance, and educators leaving the profession.