Jeff*, local government employee, NSW

Jeff* was a shift worker in local government, working every weekend. In late 2009 he attempted suicide and took a leave of absence. During his absence, his manager maintained respectful contact, mostly through Jeff's wife. Jeff was very clear that he didn't want anyone to know about what had happened. His employer was very careful about maintaining confidentiality, making sure that any documentation about his case was secure. When he was ready to return to work his manager took the initiative and suggested that he come back to work during normal business hours for a period of two weeks. His return to work was assisted by a lot of discussion with his GP and a comprehensive mental health plan. After the initial period, Jeff now works alternate weekends and is still at work for the same organisation.

*not his real name