Sonia*, aged 31, Victoria

"Work was my saving grace after recovering from my second bout of depression and anxiety. The routine, sense of purpose and achievement and the social interaction were pivotal in my recovery. My managers were amazing with their support and allowed me to ease back into the workplace by reducing my hours and responsibilities until I was confident and well enough to return to full hours.

My colleagues respected my privacy and were genuinely pleased to have me back. No-one really asked me any difficult questions which was a relief as I was expecting the worst. I really believe that a well-supported workplace is essential to maintain a person's mental wellbeing."

*not her real name