Boss’ Brilliant Response To Employee Asking For Mental Health Day Off Goes Viral

Anyone who’s suffered from mental health issues knows how bad it can get

Childhood trauma affects how you behave as an adult, and it can be extremely debilitating. People with poor mental health know that there are days where they don’t feel like doing anything, and it’s not that they’re not trying. A woman once wrote a Facebook post pleading people to stop glamourising depression.

It’s because they know that it isn’t easy. They know how serious it is, and a lot of good people do too. They take special care of their partners who battle with mental health, but despite all the good that has happened, there’s still also an alarming stigma.

For example, suppose a person’s mental health has gotten so bad that they can’t deal with work. Would they take a sick day? Not without making up a more “legitimate” excuse. Fortunately, Madalyn Parker wasn’t feeling like making excuses that day.

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Web Developer and Mental Health Advocate, Parker took a few days off to focus on recovery. The CEO replied.

Since then, the tweet has gone viral and her boss, Ben Congleton emphasised his statements

It is incredibly hard to be honest about mental health in the typical workplace. In situations like this, it is so easy to tell your teammates you are ‘not feeling well.’ Even in the safest environment it is still uncommon to be direct with your coworkers about mental health issues. I wanted to call this out and express gratitude for Madalyn’s bravery in helping us normalize mental health as a normal health issue.

It’s 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let’s get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different.

Aren’t you glad that Parker had such an understanding boss? I really hope that in the future things remain the way Congleton envision it to be, without any stigma against those with mental health. It’s not like they like being depressed.

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