I have been signed off work for a couple of weeks by my GP with depression and WRS. This is a big deal for me as this is the first period of sick I've had in over 25 years and comes after 3 occasions over the last 3 years when she wanted to sign me off and I refused. For anyone struggling with this I can definitely say it was the right decision. I have felt guilty, a failure , a fraud and fearful that parents would find out but.... I slept through the night, more than 8 hours for the first time in over 3 years last night. I'm glad I surrendered, I'm not going back before the end of term and I hope to return in January on the road to recovery and more resilient. Anyway.... Here's my dilema. The staff Christmas party is on Saturday. The teachers have asked me to still go. Part of me feels very uncomfortable - I'm off sick so should I be going out, some of the support staff are parents or related t governors. On the other hand I am a bit anxious that it will be awkward for me when I return in January and this will give me a chance to touch base, thank them all for their support etc. I did think perhaps I could go for a quick drink then leave them to it, but I'm really torn. What do you think? Stay away or pop my head round the door.? All advice is welcome particularly @TheoGriff or @Middlemarch if you're out there.