Greens senator Scott Ludlam has returned to work after taking a leave of absence to treat his treat his depression and anxiety.
The WA senator returned to work on Tuesday after announcing he would take time off in November.
"Thank you to everyone who sent messages of care and support over the last few months. I am grateful to everyone who got in touch, all of you who shared your own stories and experiences," he said on his Facebook page.
"I'm especially thankful for the encouragement offered by current and former parliamentarians, from across the political spectrum. Media across the country gave me and my family and friends the privacy and space to recover, which I greatly appreciate." Ludlam's return was first reported by BuzzFeed News.
He said he had the benefit of a supportive family, a his team, and access to healthcare and a workplace that makes allowance for illness of all kinds.
"I am keenly aware that these advantages are not available to far too many people with mental illness. Treatment and professional care should be available to everyone who needs it," he said.
Great to see this talented young man back in parliament where he belongs . https://t.co/Xjj1QpNYU1— Anthony Byrne (@AnthonyByrne_MP) January 24, 2017
He said he is keen to return to work and his Foreign Affairs, Aid and Defence defence portfolios, among others. He's not the first politician to announce a brief departure from politics to deal with their mental health.
Former Liberal MP Andrew Robb took leave for six months, after coming to terms with his depression in 2010, while in 2006 WA premier Geoff Gallop stepped down to battle debilitating depression.
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