Hi all, this will be a bit of a long winded post! Basically, I started on a Primary SCITT in September 2014. I had had next to no experience in a school setting and consequently I entered the course feeling nervous and full of self doubt. However, I ended up passing this first placement with an overall teaching grade of 3. I had not felt right for a number of years in relation to my mental health, but as the SCITT progressed I spiralled lower and lower until eventually I sought help around October/November 2014. I was diagnosed with very severe depression, severe anxiety and severe OCD. I was prescribed medication which I eventually began taking in the months following; I also received a number of sessions of talking therapy on the NHS. During this time, and around the beginning of my second teaching placement, I made the decision- with the help of the head of my SCITT course- to defer my second placement until September 2015. In the meantime, I continued with the academic work and lectures of the SCITT course, and volunteered in a local primary school in order to keep my head in 'school mode'. I resumed my second teaching practice at the beginning of October 2015. While I am feeling much better in myself than I was last year, I am struggling so hard with my confidence and self-esteem. This 'mental block' is stopping me from taking charge and being a confident leader as much as I should be. I am finding it hard to project my voice (most likely due to the physical effects of anxiety) and I am just not making progress as quickly as I should be. I am desperate for any tips/advice/techniques to help myself quickly become more confident, or any advice from anyone that has been in a similar position, it would be much appreciated! It is getting me down so much; I am coming across as though I am not bothered about the SCITT course, when this could not be further from the truth. This complete lack of confidence is very deep seated and I am working very hard to raise it. Please help!