Taking a "Mental Health" Day - REVOLVING OF DOORS

Taking a "Mental Health" Day - REVOLVING OF DOORS

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As I have progressed through school, and now employment, I have found it necessary to manage my mental health conditions in a way that lets me function, perform and be productive.  This has meant the need to take time off to recover, regroup and recharge.  In society, these are sarcastically known as “mental health days.”  I do take offence to this phrase and how it portrays many of us who are struggling with one or more components of a mental health condition. The connotation is not a flattering one.To be clear, we never hear and talk about people taking a “physical health day.”  We simply say, “they have the flu” or “they sprained their ankle.”  Yet if someone takes a day off for a reason to do with their mental health, it is usually referred to with a rolling of the eyes and insinuation that they are “goofing off.”  Yes…this is another blatant example of stigma which is entrenched in historical bias.To hopefully enlighten and educate those who may not know differently…I have composed a number of quotes that individuals who are suffering with a condition of deteriorating mental health would really like to say when they need to be absent from work or school…but due to societal stigma choose to stay quiet.” I am sorry I won’t be in today, but the presentation I was supposed to give has triggered my social anxiety so badly that I cannot stop sweating and shaking.  I will be back as soon as I can stand without my legs buckling.”

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