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Old 12.11.2019, 18:22
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Re: Work and mental health

Getting sick leave is, yes, for while one is sick. And for using that time to get better.

Being written off sick does not necessarily lead to being fired. On the contrary, many employers would prefer their employee to regain health and continue to work there, rather than having to go out and recruit someone new.

Financially speaking, the very best thing you could do is to find out what is causing your symptoms and work out how to lessen or dissolve them, so you can be healthy enough to continue to live your life by earning your own salary. Any other path will leave you with less money than a proper income from working.

The means towards becoming healthier can be many, but the first route to follow, based on the opinion of your doctor and with your symptoms as you describe them, is psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy can be done as an out-patient or as an in-patient.

As an in-patient,
you can get the time to go to a clinic by
  • being on sick-leave with a doctor's certificate
  • using up your overtime and/or your vacation days
  • taking unpaid leave.

If you take the second route, probably nobody will notice.

If you take the third route, you will be without earnings or income.
As an out-patient,
  • you can continue to work and see the therapist outside of working hours, (before work, during long lunchbreaks, after work or on Saturdays, during hours you're compensating because you already accumulated overtime), or
  • just take that little bit of time off work that is necessary to get to the appointments with the the therapist, or
  • be on sick-leave but staying at home and going to see the therapist from there.

If you take the first route, nobody needs to know at all.

If you take the second route, and it is regular, you're likely to end up having to explain to your manager why you always have to have a long-lunch every Thursday, or so.
Whether you go for in-patient or out-patient treatment, if you have a doctor's certificate saying you are too ill to work, you will be paid most of your salary during that time, at least to start with, and then a slightly reduced percentage, according to your employer's insurance for continuation of payments during sick-leave.

Your employer will know that you are off work, with a doctor's certificate, but does not have access to any of the information about why you are off work. If it goes on for a long time, such as two or more months, then you may be called upon to give your work's doctor or the insurance's doctor access to speaking to your treating doctor.

Last edited by doropfiz; 12.11.2019 at 18:41.
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