Michael*, aged 33, WA

"A huge word of advice: when getting back to work take it easy! Start with low pressure, low responsibility type roles and understand that you will have both good days and bad days. The key is building momentum and rebuilding confidence at work. Be around decent people. If the environment is too pressured, get out and find something else. My breakdown was not as severe as some but pretty severe. Getting back to work was a big step in rebuilding, and definitely needed to be handled carefully."

*not his real name