If you have been suicidal, attempted suicide or are bereaved by suicide, taking time out from your normal routine is natural.
Returning to work or study is an important sign that you are getting back on track but it can be difficult to explain why you have been away.
If you don’t have close relationships with the people you work or study with you may not want to talk about what has happened; you might want to keep your personal and work/study life separate. However, by letting someone know (such as managers, supervisors, study coordinators), you create opportunities to receive additional support.
Under equal opportunity laws, workplaces and teaching institutions (such as universities and TAFE) are required to make adjustments to support people who have been or are physically or mentally unwell. Before returning to either work or study, you may wish to get advice, or find out about your rights and/or what supports are available from services such as:
- your workplace’s Human Resources department
- the Employee Assistance Program provider or Student Counselling Service
- the Australian Human Rights Commission
- the Fair Work Ombudsman.