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Scott Ludlam Is Back At Work After Treatment For Anxiety And Depression

The Green senator announced he was taking time off late last year.

24/01/2017 3:08 PM AEDT | Updated 24/01/2017 3:49 PM AEDT
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Scott Ludlum is back at work after taking time to treat his depression.

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.

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.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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