Mental Health Days for Employees

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Mental health plays a vital role in a person's overall health, but it rarely gets the same reverence as physical health. In fact, people with mental health problems are often told "to get over it", especially in the Philippines where it remains as a misinterpreted topic. There is still a stigma surrounding mental health illnesses, making proper information scarce and neglected. Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that only 1 out of 3 Filipinos with mental illnesses choose to consult a specialist, and one-third will not even be aware of their condition. Additionally, a report by the National Business Group on Health states that mental illnesses have been affecting the company performance in such a way that there are more missed days and poorer work performance.

That is why there should be the enforcement of mental health days for employees.  Mental health days are essential for the health and well-being of a person since they can provide a need to pause, regroup, and come back with a renewed sense of energy and a fresh perspective. A mental health day does not only aim to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, but it also promotes an environment where employees can thrive and maintain their healthy lifestyles. Furthermore, employers are legally required to protect the health and safety of those who work for them. Aside from their physical health, mental health is also included in this. Poor mental health will not go away as easy unless there is something done to treat it. Allowing employees to take mental health days is one way to de-stigmatize mental illnesses and to embrace the importance of mental health.

This petition aims to cut through the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. By signing our petitions, you may be helping not only those who have mental illnesses but as well as help in preventing imminent issues from arising. If employees' mental health will not be addressed properly, they will not be able to perform to the best of their abilities. As Tonyalynne Wildhaber states, "Employees are our true stakeholders and we must prioritize them however possible within our organizations. Mental health days are just as important as sick days, vacation, or any other form of paid time off. If it is important for employees to regularly contribute high-impact, high-quality work, it is equally essential they have flexible, paid time to contribute to their whole health and wellness."

 
References

Solitario, J.M. (2017). Minding Healthy Minds. Retrieved from https://www.up.edu.ph/index.php/minding-healthy-minds/

 
Lapena, C. (2015). Special Report: Suicide And The Pinoy Youth. Retrieved from http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/healthandwellness/524070/special-report-suicide-and-the-pinoy-youth/story/

 
Laurence, E. (2017). Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Taking a Mental Health Day. Retrieved from https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/why-mental-health-days-pay-off/


Forbes. (2017). Mental Health Days: A Necessity Or A Burden? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/10/05/mental-health-days-a-necessity-or-a-burden/#5afb3e416e76



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