This woman broke stigma around mental health at workplace
Madalyn Parker, an American woman, breaks the stigma by taking a leave to focus on her mental health, got appreciated by the CEO of her company.health Updated: Jul 11, 2017 13:53 IST
It’s rather simple to ask for a leave from work when you are physically unwell. But what about the time when you are mentally unwell?
You may find it difficult to explain to your boss that you are feeling drained emotionally and want to take the day off to just to charge up. Talking about mental health is still a challenge in many offices, not only in India but across the globe.
Madalyn Parker, an American woman, was brave enough to break the stigma. Parker sent an official e-mail to her team on June 30 to take leave in order to focus on her mental health.
To her surprise, Parker received a personal acknowledgement from the CEO, affirming her leave. Ben Congleton was pleased that Parker was setting a good example by breaking the stigma and talking about taking sick leave to address her mental health.
Congleton also signalled that such a practice should be continued in their office.
She shared the screenshot of her boss’ response with a caption saying, “When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision”.
Her brave act has got an overwhelming response on Twitter and her post was re-tweeted by more than 9000 users and over 31,000 people liked it.
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
Some of the users opened up and shared their experience of coming out with their mental health issue.
Sadly, though, not everyone has a boss like Congleton.
Here are some of the responses:
I'll never forget this email I sent to one of my law professors and her reply. ?? pic.twitter.com/d4le40BuSZ— Melissa Jean (@melissajean07) July 10, 2017
I have had to leave several jobs due to mental health issues. Up until recently, I wouldn't admit it. I would come up with some other excuse— JyneeB (@theJyneeB) July 11, 2017
This is amazing and I literally cried reading the post from the CEO himself about it because I'm emotional today & I had to take a mental— Miranda ?? (@movntainwoman) July 11, 2017
Wow, I wish! I needed a medical mental health stay once. Upon my return, my boss told me not to let it happen again or my job would be gone— ??(((joymichelle))) (@joymichelle) July 10, 2017
:( When I need a mental health day I usually just wrote "I'm not feeling well" or somesuch. I feel like deets are private business anyway.— Nathan Reed (@Reedbeta) July 1, 2017
I'm gonna have to start job hunting soon and I'm mentally ill & have panic attacks. Thanks for giving me hope that I can find a job as I am.— ollie?? (@recarmdran) July 2, 2017
That's awesome! Wish it wasn't taboo in the U.K. ?? I've experienced cases where 'I am going through some hard stuff at the therapy'...— Philip Amour ?? (@philipamour) July 1, 2017