From all studies I have seen, the rates of mental illness are a lot of higher than the national average. I'd say it's the nature of what is a very stressful job at times. Even great teaching placements have times of stress. Bad ones....yikes. It's also a job where you are on display each and every day. You can't have a day just getting through the tasks in front of a computer and hiding away. You can't have a day of non communication because you're blue. Nope, you're up there as if on a stage in front of 20+ kids. Then, once again. And another time. Maybe then you can go home. Maybe the day is busy than that. Interaction makes up the bulk of the day. The great thing about giving tests is that allows a bit of peace and quiet at some stage of the day. I quite look forward to them as a change! I've suffered from addiction issues for some time and also from depression which was triggered by grief but has since returned intermittently. I'm very grateful that my medical coverage is international (U.S.-based firm) and so treats medical health issues like other health issues. Therapist visits are reimbursed, antidepressants (not that I ever tried them as I'm worried I'd get addicted to them too!) are reimbursed. Sometimes, it's the medical coverage you have rather than the particular city. I'd be very careful with any future position I chose. The medical coverage would have to be good as my partner also has had some issues. They'd have cost us a small fortune if we hadn't had the coverage, so from now on we'll be very cautious before moving on.