How to ask for a mental health day

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We live in a chaotic and stressful world that can often feel overwhelming when things build up. While you wouldn’t hesitate to ask for a sick day if you had the flu, asking for a ‘mental health’ or ‘wellbeing’ day can come with a certain hesitation. Here are some practical tips for requesting and receiving that much needed day off.

1. Use the right words

The aim is to open a dialogue about mental health in the workplace, balanced with what you feel comfortable saying and how supported you feel.

2. Be prepared

Determine how you are feeling. This will help you plan your responses.

3. Consider causes

Identify words and phrases your company uses when speaking about mental health and mimic those. 

4. Choose your time

Consider your contractual obligations regarding how far in advance you should request a mental health day.

5. Make the most of your time off

A mental health day is an early step towards the prevention of serious mental health problems.

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