The INSIDER Summary:
- Madalyn Parker sent an email notifying her team at work that she was taking time off to focus on her mental health.
- The CEO of her company commended her for setting a positive example.
- She shared the email thread on Twitter and it went viral.
Madalyn Parker needed a mental health day.
Parker, a web developer at Olark, has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression in the workplace before. In a 2015 post on Medium called “Overcoming Mental Health Hurdles at Work,” she wrote about sharing her mental health challenges with her colleagues and feeling supported by her team.
When she sent an email last month notifying her coworkers that she was taking time off to focus on her mental health, the CEO of Olark, Ben Congleton, responded with an encouraging message.
“You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work,” he wrote.
Parker shared her boss’ email on Twitter. It has since been retweeted over 10,000 times.
When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision.