Written by Shawn Radcliffe.
If you’ve had a job long enough, chances are you’ve taken a mental health day.
But did you have the nerve to tell your boss that you needed some time off to decompress after months of chasing deadlines or quotas?
Even these days, with high-profile celebrities talking openly about their battles with mental illness, this topic is still taboo in many workplaces.
Some people are trying to change that.
Like Madalyn Parker, a web developer in Ann Arbor, Mich., who shared in her out-of-office email reply that she was taking a couple days off to “focus on my mental health.”
Parker posted this on Twitter, along with the response of the chief executive officer of her company.
Rather than berating her for slacking off, the CEO thanked her for helping “cut through the stigma” of mental health.
Based on the comments stirred up by this viral post, not every workplace is this open about mental health.
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