Journey from the brink

Whilst most teachers are returning to their schools tomorrow I am starting on a slow journey of recovery.

After months of stress building up, a bout of tonsilitis and exhaustion from taking SEMH pupils on an amazing Battlefield tour I ended up one Thursday evening in November at the local A and E.

After numerous precautionary tests the diagnosis – work related stress. Or in old money I had had a nervous breakdown.

The first few weeks were spent to alternating states of shock and anger, panic attacks and anxiety. That phase is over but I have many hurdles to overcome before returning to the school.