Greens senator Scott Ludlam will take a leave of absence from Parliament to treat depression and anxiety.
In a statement, the West Australian senator said he had been dealing with his mental health for some time.
“I will return to work as soon as I’m able to give the commitment the work demands,” he said.
Wishing my dear friend and colleague @SenatorLudlam all the best for a speedy recovery. We love you Scott.
— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) November 4, 2016
Thinking of you @SenatorLudlam. A brave thing to do today. All WA parliamentarians wish you the very best. MM
— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) November 4, 2016
Mr Ludlam said his office would continue to work for his constituents and work with his colleagues to manage his portfolio responsibilities.
“I am fortunate to be getting the very best of care from my friends and family and my health professionals,” he said.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale responded to the announcement on Twitter, where he wished his “dear friend and colleague all the best for a speedy recovery”.
“We love you Scott,” he said.
Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said: “We are all with you @SenatorLudlam. We are all proud of you. Can’t wait to see you feeling well again.”
Senator Ludlum, the Greens deputy leader, has been granted a pair until the end of the year.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
• Lifeline: on 13 11 14
• Kids Helpline: on 1800 551 800
• MensLine Australia: on 1300 789 978
• Suicide Call Back Service: on 1300 659 467
• Beyond Blue: on 1300 22 46 36
• Headspace: on 1800 650 890