What To Say When Calling In Sick For Mental Health
Mental health is just as important as physical health sometimes it’s necessary to take a mental health day. However calling in sick for mental health can be intimidating or uncomfortable especially if you’re worried about the stigma. Here are some tips on what to say when calling in sick for mental health.
Be honest direct
When calling in sick it’s important to be honest direct about why you need to take a mental health day. You don’t have to go into detail if you’re not comfortable sharing but you can say something like “I need to take a mental health day today to prioritize my well-being.” Being direct will help your employer understthat you’re taking care of yourself that your absence is necessary.
Use appropriate language
Using appropriate language when calling in sick can also help you feel more confident respected. Instead of saying “I’m feeling crazy” or “I’m having a nervous breakdown” you can use more professional language like “I’m experiencing anxiety” or “I need some time off for my mental health.” Using appropriate language can also help your employer understwhat you’re going through show that you’re taking it seriously.
Be prepared to explain
Although you don’t have to go into detail about your mental health when calling in sick your employer might ask for an explanation. Be prepared to explain how your mental health is impacting your ability to work what steps you’re taking to take care of it. You can say something like “I’m experiencing high levels of anxiety I need to take a day off to practice self-care so I’ll be more productive when I return.”
Suggest a plan for coverage
If you’re not able to complete your work assignments while you’re out it’s important to suggest a plan for coverage. You can offer to work extra hours before or after your mental health day or suggest that a colleague covers for you. Suggesting a plan shows that you’re being responsible thoughtful about your absence.
Remember your rights
Finally remember that you have rights when it comes to taking time off for mental health. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees that employees with mental health conditions have the right to request reasonable accommodations from their employers. This may include taking time off for mental health or adjusting job duties. Don’t be afraid to reach out to HR or a mental health professional if you need help navigating your rights.
In conclusion calling in sick for mental health can be challenging but it’s important to prioritize your well-being. Being honest direct using appropriate language explaining how your mental health is impacting your work suggesting a plan for coverage remembering your rights are all important factors to consider when calling in sick for mental health. Taking the time to take care of yourself will benefit you in the long run help reduce stigma around mental health in the workplace.
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