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Woman Takes A Day Off For Her 'Mental Health' And Her Boss Responds Perfectly

By Aimee Lutkin

Mental health is a very serious issue that is now finally getting some of the spotlight that it deserves.  A lot of professional athletes are now starting to talk about it as well which has given it some national media attention.  It is now being appreciate for the very dangerous implications that it can bring about.  

A web developer named Madalyn Parker who works in Ann Arbor, MI, shared an email from her CEO in response to her announcing she was taking a mental health day from work. Mashable reports that the tweet went viral, but not because his response was bad. Ben Congleton let Parker and the rest of her team know that he fully supports using your time off for your mental health as well as your physical health, and it's bringing up a lot of feelings:

There is still a stigma around admitting to needing mental health care, and sometimes that means taking a day off from work and caring for yourself even if you are not physically sick. Depression can manifest physically, though, so that's another thing to consider. Lots of people responded to Parker's tweet with questions about why she was sharing this experience and why she didn't just say something more general, like that she was "under the weather." Parker says she doesn't want to hide her mental health recovery anymore: