Janet*, aged 25, Queensland

"I managed to continue working during a period of severe depression and anxiety. For the most part I was adept at hiding my problems from others but did discuss my illness openly with my manager, who was supportive but didn't pressure me to say more than I was comfortable with.

Our work has a counselling service that I used for a period of time at a cost that was covered by the company. The counselling helped somewhat but I realised I needed more professional help. Through the medicare rebate program I started to see a registered psychologist on a weekly basis. This involved taking one afternoon off a week to attend the sessions. Again, my manager was fine with this and supportive of my decision to seek professional help. I was given afternoons off as sick leave without question. The sessions proved to be very helpful and helped me get to the bottom of a lot of my issues. I found myself to be much improved, however unfortunately I still wasn't completely back to my normal self. I am now on antidepressants and feel the best I have ever felt in my adult life.

It goes without saying that without the support of my manager I would have found it so much more difficult to pursue professional help for my illness. Furthermore, she has followed up with me regarding how I am faring and I have told her that I am now on antidepressants. I can fully trust her discretion and appreciate that she has shown such care and consideration.

*not her real name