She Took Off Work For Her Mental Health. Her CEO’s Response Is Going Viral
July 12, 2017
Madalyn Parker, a web developer from Michigan, wanted a few days away from work to focus on her mental health.
“My depression stops me from being productive at my job,” she said.
So she sent an email to her colleagues, telling them the honest reason why she was taking the time off.
Moved by her CEO’s response, Parker posted the email exchange to Twitter.
The CEO of Parker’s company wrote back:
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 out whole selves to work.”
The tweet has since gone viral, amassing over 40,000 likes.