Recently I had a conversation with a group of teachers and I found that most of them felt that people with long term mental illnesses could not cope with the way education is developing, due to the pressure, stress, anxiety etc. My view, it's similar to Carly Schwartz's, where mental illness can be a gift, enabling educationalists deeply understand the suffering and pain of others. However, I appreciate that great teachers with long term mental illnesses may not feel comfortable to open up to their colleagues so... no-one knows about their existence. Are teachers with long term mental illnesses more common than we think? I will be interested to see what other people think about this.