Madalyn Parker sent an email to her boss and colleagues to let them know that she would be taking the day off to focus on her mental health, so that she can return feeling 100% and ready to go! Her boss responded in the most positive and uplifting way which was really wonderful to see. I think that all employers should be mindful of mental health, but for her boss to have cited her as an inspiration to others in defeating the stigma of mental health and praising her for taking that time, is certainly something to be applauded.
The truth is, 1 in 4 people suffer from mental illness each year, and unfortunately it's still wildly misunderstood and often takes a backseat in comparison to physical illness. Taking time out for mental health is so important, and actually, it's rare that anyone does. Slowly but surely, the stigma of mental illness is diminishing, but I'm truly looking forward to the days where mental and physical health are given equal priority in the workplace.
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Corporate culture often stigmatizes depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, despite the fact that peak mental performance is often essential to these kinds of jobs. With her most recent experience, Parker shows the world that a little compassion goes a long way. After sharing the email she received from her boss, Olark CEO Ben Congleton, a wave of praise rolled in. Over 9.5 thousand retweets and 32 thousand likes later, Congleton and his touching message have gone viral, and people have pretty much unanimously decided that every boss should be like him. Find out what he said below, and let us know how your boss would handle this situation in the comments!