By Jennifer Hartstein

July 24, 2017

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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.