Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 experiences a serious mental illness. However, in spite of it being chronic, there is a stigma attached to it even now.
People feel guilty about taking sick leaves during their working days, even if they are really sick. It is so because most corporate industries do not entertain such office leaves, as the productivity culture they follow does not allow them to give breaks to their workers. Therefore, even when some employees are genuinely sick, they have to think a lot before applying for it, because they fear their boss would fire them, or not give them a hike in their salary.
In the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of people who have been clinically diagnosed with mental illness diseases. 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 experiences a serious mental illness. However, in spite of it being chronic, there is a stigma attached to it even now. Those who are clinically depressed either do not feel like talking about it openly in front of people and they prefer hiding it because there is a lot of stigmas and misconception about it, reported COSMOPOLITAN.
But Madalyn Parker, who is a web developer and rabbit mom shared a positive story that will put back people's faith in good changes and good bosses who are up for destigmatizing dialogue around mental illness. The story has gone viral ever since it was shared on social media, where Parker sent an email to her employer Olark's CEO Ben Congleton, saying she'd be out of the office for two days, as she was not feeling mentally well. Therefore, she took leaves to focus on her mental health.
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
To her mail, her boss replied in a shocking way, that will make anyone feel proud. Her boss wrote, "Hi Madalyn, 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 organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work."
After this response, Madalyn wanted to show this to the world so that people do not lose faith and break the stigma that comes along with mental illness. Soon, Congleton followed up Madalyn post wrote a tweet with a post on Medium all about mental health: "It is incredibly hard, to be honest about mental health in the typical workplace. In situations like this, it is so easy to tell your teammates you are 'not feeling well.' Even in the safest environment, it is still uncommon to be direct with your coworkers about mental health issues. I wanted to call this out and express gratitude for Madalyn’s bravery in helping us normalize mental health as a normal health issue."
This indeed has made many people realize that things are changing and that it is important to talk to the coworkers and make each other comfortable when it comes to mental health. People were inspired by this incidence and they flooded the thread with their positive response:
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 of Bag End (@mjwilbourn) July 11, 2017
Damn.. Wish everyone could understand these things! So awesome of u for doing this n sharing it! ❤️— Anushree Subramani (@imAnushree) July 1, 2017
Are y'all hiring— Anthony Ly (@Funkopedia) July 10, 2017
Wow. The sad thing is that I have trouble believing this is real. I have never experienced an employer that promotes this, if even accepts.— 🥳 BirthdayGeneral (@StrikeForceGen) July 11, 2017