By Jennifer Hartstein
July 24, 2017
Earlier this month, Madalyn Parker, a Michigan-based web developer shared an
email interaction with her boss in which he supported her need to take off
work to focus on her mental health. While mental health issues are not new,
only recently has acceptance of these issues grown. It's because of the
stigma that still surrounds mental illness that this tweet was so widely
Adults, like Parker, may use their sick days to focus on mental health.
However, young people aren't generally able or encouraged do so, even when
they need a day off.