As many of
us have experiences at least once a year, we all go through annual checkups at
our doctor’s office. The nurse is very careful of vital signs, weight changes
or any physical changes that may have occurred over a span of time. Many of us
really think if they consider our mental health. Along with physical health and
the assessment of our bodies, mental health is a very important as well. A healthy
body is useless without a healthy mind. Good mental health provides us with a
feeling of well-being and gives us the strength we need to face the challenges
of everyday life. According to the federal Department of Health and Human
Services estimates that only 17 percent of the U.S population is functioning at
optimal mental health—and one in five people live with a diagnosable mental
health condition at any given time (CDC,2013).

            Madalyn
Parker made a difference when it came to standing up and making it clear that
mental health is crucial. She works for a major corporation as a web develops
in Ann Arbor, Michigan and took the big step on taking a few days off. She
emailed her colleagues to say she was using her sick days to focus on her
mental health and come back fresh. Her CEO, Ben Congleton, answered her email
stating:

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 bring our whole selves to work.” (Morin,2017).

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Parker felt moved by the response she received by her boss
and decided to share her positive response on social media such as Facebook and
Twitter. Before she knew it, her story and screenshots of her email went viral
and started discussion across social media and how mental health should be
taken into consideration in the workplace.

            When taking
a sick day off from work, people assume you are sick with the flu or a doctor’s
appointment because you’re sick.  Your coworkers
and boss would never call you weak but would say, “hope you get better.” So why
is it when someone with a mental health issue has breakdown, is automatically
called weak. Mental health doesn’t seem to get the same respect as physical illness.

People with mental illness are constantly told to get over it when struggling
with diseases such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. Like I mentioned
before mental health is a part of our overall health and should be taken as importantly
as our physical health. Madalyn was very lucky to have an employer that supported
her decision to take control of her mental health instead of her coming into
work and not being to perform up to her best ability.

            In India,
mental health is seen very differently. India has the highest number of
suicides in the world. According to the World Health organization, of 804,000 suicides
recorded worldwide in 2012; 258,000 occurs in India. Indian youths between the
ages of 15 and 29 years old kill themselves at a rate of 35.5deaths per 100,000

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