Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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By April, Griffith was severely unwell.

By April, Griffith was severely unwell.

Colleagues found her in a hospital room preparing to end her life – something she does not remember to this day.

A psychiatrist diagnosed her with a major depressive disorder. After three months off, she returned to work but was soon struggling with intense anxiety.

On one occasion she was hospitalised with chest pain as doctors believed she was having a heart attack.

Griffith called in sick more and more often, simply too overwhelmed to face work.

“I was questioning my skills as a nurse, questioning if I was safe … and then there was a feeling of being so tired as well.”

By 2014, she had run out of paid leave and her financial situation began to suffer. She sold her flat and moved into a rental. Over the next two years, Griffith had long periods off work.