Are you ready to hear something cool today? Mental health. That’s something that’s taken for granted everywhere, especially in the workplace. People think that it’s being “lazy” or you’re too “coddled” if you want to take a break from work to clear your mind off stuff.
But that’s a stigma that Madalyn Parker broke in this recent viral tweet about an email she sent to her co-workers. Madalyn felt like she needed to take two sick days to take care of her mental health. You would think that her boss or employer would respond negatively, but he actually “reaffirmed” her decision in his wonderful response:
When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision. 💯 pic.twitter.com/6BvJVCJJFq
— madalyn (@madalynrose) June 30, 2017
The tweet has since gone viral, with over 42,600 likes and 15,000 retweets. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and celebratory, with some people getting jealous that they didn’t have that kind of treatment in their own company:
I took a mental health afternoon at my last job and got passive aggressive documentation about the mental health coverage in our health plan
— Janie Clayton (@RedQueenCoder) July 1, 2017
Some people were confused as to how this was any different from vacation leave.
But *vacations* are for mental health too. So then really what's difference btwn sick leave & vacation leave? Could be just 1 leave policy
— Andrew Cohen (@acohenNY) July 1, 2017
Madalyn had a handy response:
… leave. I still felt like I could use vacation time because I didn't use it and it's a separate concept.
— madalyn (@madalynrose) July 1, 2017
In any case, cheers to Madalyn and her boss for breaking the stigma that mental health is something that should be brushed aside. We should seriously take care that our mind is not overworked and that we are not mentally overstressed.