I don't suffer from mental health issues but I have taken days off when I am not sick, maybe 2 a year, if I feel worn down. It is quite hard to get rec leave at my work (I have 2 years worth accrued) so unfortunately it seems easier to get a break by calling in sick.
Yes, when I was working I would take the occasional day off to recharge and have some 'me' time.
One time though, my boss had the same idea, we were 3 chairs away from each other at my local nail joint. We ignored each other really well that day and pretended we hadn't seen each other!
@Kimberleygal1, what stood out to me from your original post that was different to other people's responses was when you wrote 'random days off for the hell of it'. That isn't what taking a mental health day is, and I think it diminishes their purpose and their importance by dismissing them as such.
Yes i do...not from work but from home. I enjoy going to the movies by myself.
Where should a line be drawn? Unless there are guidelines surrounding mental health days (eg doctors certificate) then it is open to abuse. Not everyone is an honest and in genuine need of time off as the women in this thread. Different people have different thresholds for dealing with things. I know with regards to physical illness there are plenty of people at my work who have a tiny sniffle and use that as an excuse to chuck a sickie/stay home and watch TV when in reality they could work. I bet there are people that would hide behind the 'mental health day' reason when that's probably stretching the truth. It's not fair if employers have to pay so someone whose not in genuine need can stay home and watch Dr Phil.
I'm not saying there's not a genuine need for mental health days, just trying to reiterate that the term has become so generic and is open to such abuse that I can understand how Kimberly got the wrong end of the stick.
Last edited by VicPark; 20-08-2014 at 14:27.
Before kids my mental health days were random days off just for the hell of it. My work was my responsibility. If I didn't turn up I didn't let anyone down and I worked twice as hard the following day. So I made no apology for having a day off (about once a year). I also worked nearly 100 hours a week so the pound of flesh was delivered in many ways.
As for kimberleygal's comment, I think the issue is the OP seriously needs it because her job exacerbates her anxiety so to say it is a "just for the hell of it" day is incorrect. It would be fine if I had posted the OP about my mental health days.
Does that make sense?
I guess it just comes down to tone.
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