Confidentiality and privacy

Sonia*, aged 31, Victoria

"Work was my saving grace after recovering from my second bout of depression and anxiety.

What to tell colleagues

" Workmates need some information if they are to welcome you back without worrying they'll say the wrong thing.

Once an employee has disclosed their mental health problem, it is vital that you discuss and agree with them exactly who else, if anyone, might need to know, and what information they need to be provided with.

You should also make the employee aware that anything you discuss with them about their mental health problem will be kept confidential, unless there is an immediate danger to the person or to others in withholding that information.

To reduce misunderstandings which could lead to fears of discrimination, you should make clear the purpose for which you request or require information about an employee's mental health problem.

Useful links

Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.