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Connections: The value and stigma of taking mental health days

Jul 17, 2017

If you told your boss you needed a couple days off for health reasons, what would he or she say? If you mentioned you needed time off for mental health reasons, would your boss understand?

A woman in Michigan wrote an out-of-office message indicating that she'd be off for a few days to care for her mental health. The CEO of the company wrote back, thanking her for reminding everyone of the importance of using sick days for mental health. His response went viral. 

Our guests join us to talk about the value of taking mental health days, and how both employees and employers can help combat the stigma. In studio:

  • Kyle Baker, lead configuration analyst at a local engineering facility
  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator and walk manager for NAMI Rochester
  • Britton Lui, vice president of people and development at Dixon Scwabl
  • Krista Berry, HR manager at Common Ground Health