Sad & Angry, I don't understand how they could fire you with no other grounds than that you told them you had a problem with depression and were hospitalized, in the past. I would have expected someone like that to then watch you like a hawk and start documenting things so they could get rid of you ASAP, callously protecting themselves. Are you getting unemployment? If they fire you without good reason, didn't issue warnings, so ? Four weeks or more, if you were an employee in good standing that sounds too bizarre. There has to be someone at the labor board to talk to, not that you will get the job back, but to get benefits. The nerve of them ! Oh, just had a thought, maybe because you were still in a probationary period, but still, check it out. Go for the money Honey. Aside from that, you don't need your counselor's blessing to go to the labor board. I'm disappo9inted in her that she has taken that stance. I would not involve myself in a lengthy lawsuit, just check out the legality of what they did.
It is always risky to share these things, you can never tell where it is going to go. If people really want to, they can try and understand and be supportive. If they don't give a hoot about you to begin with, look out. You are setting yourself up for a heartache. If you get in this situation again, or even if someone is just probing into your "life", don't succomb to it, just say, I don't really want to talk about it. Thats kind of personal, if you don't mind. And clam up.
And to Sasta Anois, don't beat yourself up over this one. It would have been far worse if you HAD started talking about it, and broken down. Its too fresh for you to go on a community education program. You could start thinking of one sentence answers you can make, or lines you can drop, in the future that won't get you in too deep. Like "I've done some reading on suicide. Its not that people are being selfish, its that their pain is so great, they feel so useless, hopeless, and really believe everyone would be better off without them." or "Suicide isn't easy, its the result of much soul searching, gut wrenching, and hitting dead ends. Its physically very difficult to pull off, too." If they ask you why you read about suicide, shrug it off and say, oh just a little project.
People say these things because they are self-preserving. They think they would never do it to solve their problems, right! Cause you're not emotionally/psychologically challenged.!
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