Senator taking leave as he battles anxiety and depression

  While we might love to criticise our politicians, it’s quite easy to forget that they have feelings as well.


While we might love to criticise our politicians, it’s quite easy to forget that they have feelings as well.

The conversation about mental health of our leaders has come to the fore today, after Greens Senator Scott Ludlam announced on social media he was taking leave to treat an ongoing battle with anxiety and depression.

The senator has been granted leave until the end of the year, the ABC is reporting.

Senator Ludlam made the announcement on Facebook, writing that anxiety and depressions were  issues he has “been dealing with for a while”.

“I will return to work as soon as I’m able to give the commitment the work demands,” he wrote.

“I am fortunate to be getting the very best of care from my friends and family and my health professionals.”

While he is away, Senator Ludlam said his office would work with his senate colleagues to manage his portfolio responsibilities.

The announcement has earned the praise of hundreds of people on the Greens senator’s Facebook page.

“Look at that! A politician who isn’t afraid to admit he’s human and faces many of the same challenges we all do,” one person commented

“I respect your strength even more so after this, you aren’t weak!”

“Thanks for showing real leadership in being open about this, this means a lot to those of us with mental health issues!” another person wrote.

“I hope your support networks are amazing and you have the speediest recovery possible.”

Fellow politicians have also offered words of encouragement and support on social media.

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale wished his “dear friend and colleague all the best for a speedy recovery” on Twitter.

“We love you Scott,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson wrote “we are all with you”.

“We are all proud of you,” he posted on Twitter.

“Can’t wait to see you feeling well again.”

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Do you respect Senator Scott Ludlam for speaking out about this issue?

  1. Guy Flavell  

    Male depression is a serious problem and I sincerely wish Scott Ludlam well in his recovery.
    Sadly though, he really didn’t have a hope of not developing mental anxieties as one of the loathsome Commie/ Maoist Green senators. It must be just so mentally draining having to absorb the imbecilic mantra of the Greens and constantly having to defend their vile
    ‘policies’ of open borders, climate change scaremongering, hatred of the wealthy, classless societies, etc. etc. Deep down I believe Ludlam is perhaps the closest of the Greens senators (the others all being lousy Communists) to actually being sane and is constantly battling with his conscience about their dreadful ideas on how this country should be run. Once again, I wish you my best Scott.

    • taylor  

      He could always resign, if things are as bad as you say, Guy, & what’s causing it.

    • Donald Anderson  

      You are a bigoted idiot

  2. Joan  

    The hardest part of being an elected Green is dealing with all the BS that the Murdoch media prints as truth. Tell a lie often enough and most people believe it.

  3. Pamela  

    If he can’t do the job for health reasons, he should quit!

    This is running the country, not packing shelves at the local supermarket!

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