Madalyn Parker took a few days off of work for “Mental Health” reasons. What happened next amazed the internet! Her courage is the kind that is eroding the stigma associated with mental health.
Yes, Madalyn Parker took two days off of work for mental health. One would think that the internet and her boss would have blasted her, but that is quite the opposite. Mental health is coming to the masses with less stigma attached to it than previously. Much of that, you could say, is the result of our troops returning from combat abroad.
Her boss, Ben Congleton replied back with the following:
Ben then took to the internet on Medium to talk about mental health and the stigma attached. The article is titled, “It’s 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace.”
“It’s 2017,” he wrote. “I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 Americans are medicated for mental health.
“It’s 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to offer paid sick leave. Did you know that only 37% of full time employees in the US have paid sick leave?
“It’s 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let’s get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different.”
We at NAMI CCNS applaud Ben and Madalyn for their courage and commitment to ending the stigma attached to mental illness!
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