Scott Ludlam Is Taking A Break From The Senate To Treat His Depression And Anxiety

Supporters have wished him a speedy recovery.

Greens senator Scott Ludlam has announced on Facebook this afternoon that he’s taking a leave of absence from his parliamentary work to treat depression and anxiety.

Ludlam wrote that he was “fortunate to be getting the very best of care from my friends and family, and my health professionals.” Supporters have wished him a speedy recovery and congratulated him for speaking publicly about issues that often have a stigma associated with them.


Ludlam has been a Greens senator for WA since 2008 and currently serves as co-deputy leader of the party. In 2014 his speech directed at Tony Abbott struck a chord with the public and went viral.

He’s also a Junkee contributor, having written a review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for us. I’ve personally been lucky enough to work closely with Scott, both on his re-election campaign in 2014 and in parliament. I know how dedicated he is to his job and to fighting for a fairer Australia.

The whole Junkee team team would like to wish him the best.

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