Mental health days
When to take PTO for psychological well-being
Recently, an email exchange about mental health days went viral. Madalyn Parker, a Web developer in Michigan, informed her team she was taking two days off to focus on her psyche so she could return to work “refreshed and back to 100%.” Her company’s CEO, Ben Congleton, sent her a personal note not only expressing his support and but also thanking her for sharing: “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.” Parker’s tweet of that reply sparked international media coverage and social media comment. Psychotherapist Amy Morin, author of the book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, responded by suggesting some times a person might decide to take a mental health day:
• You’re preoccupied by an unfinished personal task.
• You’ve neglected yourself and need to recharge.
• You need to see your therapist or doctor.