While we come across many depressing things in our daily life, a great and humane story comes along that shows there are still the nice people in this World.
Madalyn Parker – a web developer from Ann Arbor, Michigan – recently got famous on Twitter after her one specific tweet got more than 15 thousand retweets. In her tweet, she shared an exchange she’d had with her CEO after she emailed her team to tell them she was taking time off for mental health reasons.
And Madalyn’s boss response to her request was perfect.
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
The response to the tweet was also overwhelmingly positive.
Thank you so much! What company? I would like to support it if your CEO is this great.
— Patrick Bascom (@PatrickBascom) July 11, 2017
I love your bunny and that your CEO supports you & understands. Its amazing. Hope your time of clarity helps you feel more like yourself!
— Monnie (@monnie) July 2, 2017
People also shared their stories showing how awful their companies were in treating employees who had mental health issues.
Any jobs going where you work? So rare. I left a mental health charity once bc HR wanted to know in advance when I'd have a panic attack
— mollywallop (@mollywallop) July 6, 2017
I took a mental health afternoon at my last job and got passive aggressive documentation about the mental health coverage in our health plan
— Janie Clayton (@RedQueenCoder) July 1, 2017
This is great!! I once called in to take a mental health day.. My boss told me anxiety isn't a real illness & that I needed a doc's note 🤙🏻
— danielle willette (@pickleDWilly) July 11, 2017
In response to the reaction the tweet had received, Madalyn’s CEO Ben Congleton wrote a post on Medium, which was 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.”