I have posted on TES for many years, but have changed my log in as my current one is stored on my classroom computer and I would like to keep this post confidential. I am an experienced teacher and love the 'in the classroom with the students' side of my job, but since 2010 I have experienced a range of increasingly serious health issues which my GP believe relate to work stress. I have two long term illnesses which are covered by the Equality Act. Earlier this year I became severely mentally ill in school and had to go home initially and then into hospital. I tried returning at the start of this academic year, but quickly became ill again and phoned in sick. The headteacher was quite alarmed by the incident and was reluctant for me to return. I have received a long course of treatment which has helped me cope with the symptoms but the illness will always be there. HR and occupational health have been involved and reports have been taken from the medical specialists involved. I would like to return part time, but both HR and the HT seem against this option. I believe they may want to go down the route of ill health capability. I am now wondering if I should consider applying for ill health retirement. I know my GP and consultant would be supportive and the reports clearly state the long term nature of the illness and that it is considerably exacerbated by work place stress. I am finding the process in itself quite stressful and wonder if anyone has been through a similar situation?