Madalyn Parker needed a mental health day... a real one, not the excuse people used to make for taking a day. She suffers from chronic anxiety, depression and PTSD.
And she was brave enough to tell her co-workers what she needed. What surprised her was the response from her boss.
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
And what surprised her boss was the response Madalyn's tweet got. He realized "It’s 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace.
Not everyone has a boss who's that understanding. "Inconvenient"?
Wow I WISH!!! I had a boss who LITERALLY told me he was going to fire me for having depression because it was "inconvenient".— Angela Grace (@Mama_Pills) July 2, 2017
Others, like this woman's boss, understand the importance of taking care of your mental health. I really like the analogy of "putting your oxygen mask on first"--
Here's more on the story....
I have to admit my generation is hesitant to admit weakness; we'll ask for a sick day but won't explain why. We've lived in fear of losing our jobs if anyone found out there was a problem. How many people have suffered in silence because of that? It's taken a long time to get this far.... and there's still a ways to go. But at least we're heading in the right direction.