I wanted to put an update to my situation - as it may help others like minicooper who are currently having a hard time. Below is an excerpt from my posts last March ..... At the time I was posting as Yoda811 but TES has inexplicably deleted that profile and I cant get back in. RosieVoice and MaryMoo among others were very kind and supportive at the time. FreddyK and Whisky63 were also going through it. "I was angry - there were reasons why the stress had built over a year. Academy, new leadership, school improvement agenda - compounded by ridiculous workload. I had counselling which helped me to come through some of the feelings of hurt, anger, rejection etc. Now I have decided to move on. Why go back to a poisonous situation. I have little conversations in my head with the people who were horrible to me - but I no longer feel the need to actually voice any of it to anybody. I have let it go." So --- I went back into school on a phased return in a floating cover role (primary) in June after 7 months off. It was hard and I was fragiIe but I knew it would help my continued recovery. I had handed in my notice and could have remained off sick but having been at the school for 16 years with 5 different HTs, I wanted to 'leave properly in July'. Well, that didn't happen ha ha. They were decent to me after I told them I was leaving, although not until then. But there was no ceremony about my exit. I haven't been back since, not even socially, and I don't keep in touch with anyone there. I'm really happy now. I go into one local school on general supply and have been teaching across EYFS, KS1 and even in KS2 which I had never done before. My confidence is back and I'm enjoying the few days I do. I now feel that I could apply for a job if I needed to (in fact I've been offered two!) but I have decided to take early retirement from my 56th birthday next week and stick with the little bits of supply and being a Grandparent So take heart people out there who are suffering. You can come through this. It takes a lot longer than you think it will and if you need to stay in teaching it is possible to find something that works. All the advice given on here about taking time and putting health first is so true - I can see that now with hindsight but when you are in it, you don't realise how ill you are. Best Wishes everyone. I may be on as an occasional contributor now that I've managed to get back in. I feel like I know so many of you xx PS I don't know how to tag people - or I would have done.