Hi, I'm an NQT and I've had a frankly horrific start to my career. I'm struggling badly with my mental health and I'm constantly angry, emotional and anxious. It's at the point where I was sobbing uncontrollably yesterday morning because my hair didn't style as I wanted it to, and even my driving instructor noticed that I wasn't ok when I had a driving lesson recently! My NQT mentor and department colleagues know I've been sinking rather than swimming, but the NQT mentor is now off sick and my colleagues haven't been able to help much past words of encouragement. I've decided to self certify tomorrow morning and go to my GP for help. I would have followed the book and told my school in advance So they could book cover, but last time I tried that for an emergency dentist appointment they told me I wasn't allowed to go, and made me reschedule for outside of school time! All my lessons for Monday are already prepped in my classroom as I always prepare for Monday the Friday before, and I'm planning to submit instructions to the cover work system folder - I wouldn't exactly leave them with nothing to survive on for my kids. While this was probably the only way I'd be able to get to my GP, it has left me with a bit of a problem - what to say when I call in sick tomorrow. Do I tell them the truth and say I'm suffering with crippling anxiety and have an emergency GP appointment to address the issue, or do I say cry wolf with something like sickness bug? This issue is increasing my anxiety tenfold. Please help!