Mental health IS health.

This is Madalyn Parker. She's an engineer at Olark, a live chat platform service based in Palo Alto, California.

This is Madalyn Parker. She's an engineer at Olark, a live chat platform service based in Palo Alto, California.

Madalyn Parker

"I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health — I can't believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work."

Congleton's spot-on compassionate response drew tons of support from folks on Twitter, and blew Parker away. Her tweet has been retweeted nearly 12,000 times.

Congleton's spot-on compassionate response drew tons of support from folks on Twitter, and blew Parker away. Her tweet has been retweeted nearly 12,000 times.

"Oh my goodness I am absolutely floored by how viral this has gone!" Parker told BuzzFeed. "I'm really really happy that we're raising awareness and normalizing mental illness. We need to squash the stigma!"

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