While society is becoming increasingly open-minded to issues of mental illness, bringing up the topic at work can still be an awkward and nervous experience.
And when we hear a story about a person brave enough to open up about their mental state at work, we feel encouraged and inspired.
Web developer Madalyn Parker wanted to take a couple of days off work. She was not physically sick, nor did she have holiday plans. She simply needed a day off work to emotionally recharge.
Madalyn tweeted an exchange between herself and boss Ben Congleton after she sent him an e-mail explaining that she needed a little time away from the office to take care of her mental health. And surprisingly, her boss could not have been more supportive.
“I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health,’ Madalyn writes. ‘Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%” Madelyne wrote in the e-mail.
To which her boss responded:
“I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organisations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work.”
Madelyne’s Tweet, in which she posted the warm exchange, received an overwhelming amount of support from people around the world. It received more than 15,000 retweets and 45,000 likes since 2017.
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
Here are some of the people’s reactions to Madelyne’s post
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