I have put this on another thread but I am thinking it might be more suited in the supply forum as I am looking to get back into supply teaching to build up my confidence. Do you tend to take supply work locally or further away from where you live? I experienced work related stress during a full time supply position. I managed toleave on good terms February half term. Since then I have not had the confidence to return back to work. All of my family and close friends saw me at my worst, when I was extremely anxious and low. It has completely knocked my confidence and it has left me feeling really embarrassed. Overall, I feel like I am stuck in a rut. Everytime I think about applying for something or returning to supply I keep thinking what if they hear about my breakdown? I am not the person I used to be at all. I genuinely feel lost and numb and worry I won't manage teaching like I used to. I just feel so ashamed for not being myself and keep thinking what if friends mention to my ex-collegues (it's a small community)about my anxiety - what do I say? I know returning back to work will break this cycle and hopefully boost my confidence however I worry what people think of me for having been though anxiety and depression. Have you been through this? If so, how did you handle collegues knowing about it and supressing your thoughts of people talking about you? I have had times when I think about leaving teaching (as I am wondering if that's my problem) but I have no idea what else to do!? Also, how would my ex-colleagues react when they hear I am applying for jobs outside of teaching as I gave no indication at the time I might consider other jobs. Sorry for rambling on...I'm just confused and can't seem to get out of overthinking everything and constantly feeling ashamed. Thankyou.