by Comprehensive Staff

10/12/2016 3:28 pm

Mentally Ill and Under the Weather: Can I Still Call in Sick?

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Employees know to call in sick when they are feeling physically ill and under the weather. But what happens when an employee is not feeling up to par because of a mental illness? The employee may wonder, “Can I still call in sick?”  “How much should I share about why I am requesting a sick day?” and “If I do share, will that reflect badly on me?” 

Due to issue the stigma that is, unfortunately, still associated with mental illness, employees may feel the need to hide or conceal their illness. Even though behavioral health issues are health issues, most employees do not worry about negative associations or misunderstandings about physical health issues like they often do with mental health concerns. When an employee feels like he or she cannot be entirely forthcoming in discussions with co-workers and supervisors about mental health issues, this can place additional stress on an employee who is already struggling.

So what can we do to support employees who may have a mental illness to make the workplace more supportive and understanding? A recent article in the Huffington Post outlined nine things that those with mental health conditions wished their employers understood. It is an excellent list of suggestions to make the workplace more inclusive and supportive for individuals with mental illnesses, so I thought it was important to pass it along.

9 Things People With Mental Illness Want Their Bosses To Know: Because mental health matters at work, too http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health-work_us_57d70867e4b00642712ee6bd