Hi all I had 8 weeks off from March onwards this year while confronting my anxiety and depression for the very first time. I was doing well on medication and through counselling so in September I slowly came off the meds, and I continued to do well until December. I was signed off for two weeks prior to the Christmas holidays and now I fear I may need part of January too. I feel like a complete failure as my school have really supported me and I hate to be letting them down again. At the moment I can’t imagine standing in front of a class. While my school have been supportive, some colleagues in my faculty haven’t been, with one I considered a friend even blocking me from all social media. That has made me feel even less able to return when the new term starts. I guess I’m just looking for some advice or shared experiences from people who have had multiple periods of absence due to depression or anxiety. I’m on meds again and am returning to counselling, so I’m doing what I can right now. I’m only RQT+1 so I haven’t been in teaching long and I’m scared I may just not be cut out for it.