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Returning to work after depression - Case study - arthur walker

Returning to work after having a break due to depression or anxiety can be a daunting task. It’s important to build up gradually, set reasonable goals and take care of yourself as you get back into the swing of things.

Here’s a case study on one of ETC’s customers who changed his life around after seeking help to return to work.

 “Don’t be ashamed to ask for help” – that’s the advice from 55 year old Arthur Walker who has completely changed his life around after two years of unemployment and a struggle with depression.

A plant/diesel mechanic by trade, Arthur had a strong work history, but following a relationship breakdown and the death of his father, he found himself sinking into a negative state of mind.

“I was a bit down and out, not looking forward to things. I didn’t want to do anything for a while”

Moving from Sydney to Coffs Harbour, Arthur signed up to Centrelink for support and was connected to Disability Employment Service (DES) Provider ETC.

“ETC helped me to get my confidence and self-esteem back. I worked together with Dana at ETC to outline what my goals were, what I wanted to do, what was achievable and what wasn’t. They put me through some courses, helped me with my Resume and even continued to support me after I got my job – with work clothes, boots and tools,” Arthur said.

After seeing a job through a friend for a Diesel Mechanic position with All Diesel, Arthur quickly applied.

“Feeling confident, I explained what I could do and how I could help them. I was signed up for a three month trial, but was offered a full time job only two months in,” he said.

“It’s good to be part of a team again and it’s nice to have a good bunch of blokes around me – we have fun.”

Grant Buck, Managing Director of All Diesel said that Arthur had been a good fit for their business.

“Arthur’s knowledge is pretty wide. He has skills in fabrication, he can weld, has good mechanical skills with broad experience, so it’s really working out well for us,” Mr Buck said.

ETC DES Team Leader Dana Radandt said she was proud of how far Arthur had come.

“The biggest difference that we’ve seen with Arthur since he commenced with our services is his confidence. Initially he would call us because he wanted to hear a friendly voice, and now when we call him – he is the friendly voice. It’s beautiful to see how employment really has made a positive impact on his life”

“Arthur has also just reached his one year anniversary with All Diesel, which is a wonderful achievement.  At ETC, we are all celebrating for him.”

Arthur said his life had changed completely since re-entering the workforce.

“I’m renting my own place now, I’m saving money, paying my bills. My self-confidence is back and I’m rocking it again,” he said.

“My goals for the future are to have a good career here and go further. Get my own house, buy my own place. Looking to buy a new car next year. Just onward and upward.”

Arthur shares his advice for others.

“Try your best, smile and be confident. Anything’s possible if you want it bad enough. You can’t do it on your own. Now I’m a bit older, it’s made me realise that you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help – and there’s plenty of people out there willing to oblige.”

ETC can help you to find meaningful work that supports your injury, illness or disability via our Disability Employment Services.

To find out more phone 1800 007 400.



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