Lewis Eaton

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Michael Graham

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I want to be able to focus on a wide spectrum of how mentors influence mental health for instance, teachers and coaches who can be seen as mentors in everyday life for students and have that role of care of duty. Mentoring relationships can be found in everyday interactions with others who are willing to engage in attempting to support someone through a challenge. However, in educational systems teachers and coaches are viewed as direct sources of contact for students, as their roles revolve around caring for students. However, according to Therialt (2016), individuals who are in roles associated with mentoring others may have increased likeliness of burnout and occupational stress that can lead to detrimental impacts in mentoring relationships. These types of stress can lead to anxiety and depression and other medical problems. This may create a barrier for individuals in mentoring positions to be able to identify the everyday struggles that students in educational contexts are experiencing. For example, each semester college students have an immense amount of work that is pressed upon them which needs to be completed in a short duration of time before beginning the process all over again in another semester. This may lead to the promotion of stresses and barriers that, when unchecked, can cause mental health situations. It is essential that with being an effective mentor these problems can be minimized. Moreover, understanding the teachers perception (mentor) can provide important contextual information and can help support research to understand mental health within schools from a teachers perspective I think this is such an important part of research for this topic as understanding what the mentors of the world can do for individuals suffering with mental health problems is vital and heavily critical.