Don't get me wrong, I don't on the whole feel that doing a runner, in most instances is acceptable. However: Stress in the extreme is a debilitating illness, particularly when it leads to chronic depression. Would you rather someone just take 3 months off with stress (or on and off, weeks at a time) - do you see that as a more honourable alternative? Are you saying that if you are a professional, you shouldn't suffer from the above? What would your personal professional integrity do if you were debilitated by stress related depression which resulted in you being unable to teach? would you sit out your period of notice at home, then fly out? what would be the point of that? (I dont think the OP is in this extreme, and I dont think we are going to find out).