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Can I Use a Sick Day as a ‘Mental Health Day’? 


Rosenblatt is director of communications for Accessibility Partners, a small IT consulting firm. The company is so small that it doesn’t fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it doesn’t have to follow the same federal rules with sick leave that large companies do.

However, her boss has been accommodating, allowing her time to attend therapy and psychiatric appointments, to deal with medication changes and even time in inpatient treatment.

That kind of treatment toward mental health might seem rare, but there’s evidence that it’s less taboo than it used to be.

The World Health Organization recently classified burnout as a diagnosable health condition.

According to an Australian study, one-third of workers have “faked an illness” to use a sick day for their mental health.

But 26 percent of employers have fired a worker for using a sick day for what they see as a “personal day.”

So deciding to take your sick day as a mental health day can be a tricky decision, especially if you’re worried your employer won’t see it as legitimate.

Mental health is a disability
Here’s the thing. Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2008 expanded the definition of disability. This means that mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia are protected.

So, if you’ve got a diagnosed mental disorder like about 44 million American adults, almost one in five people, you can’t be fired for asking for accommodations, such as the occasional mental health day.


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Hundreds weigh in on Chicago’s mental health crisis as city task force examines solutions

More Millennials Are Dying 'Deaths of Despair,' as Overdose and Suicide Rates Climb

Tags: All Rights, Brain, Business, Death, Drugs, Employment, Health, Mental Health, Overdose, Policy, Protections, Representation, Science, Sick Day, Study, Suicide, Support, Youth



Trump’s New Rule Could Effectively Allow Discrimination Based on Race and Age 


A new Trump administration proposal would change the civil rights rules dictating whether providers must care for patients who are transgender or have had an abortion. While news stories have mainly focused on how the proposal might affect LGBTQ rights and abortion rights, the sweeping proposal has implications for all Americans, because the Department of Health and Human Services seeks to change how far civil rights protections extend and how those protections are enforced.


Tags: Aging, All Rights, Environment, Finance, Health, LGBTQ, Medical, Policy, Politics, Protections, Punishment, Safety, Self Interest, Woman's Rights



San Francisco’s Humane Policy of Hospitalizing the Homeless and Mentally Ill 


They’re a vast improvement over California’s incoherent commitment policy.

The rapid decline of San Francisco is emblematic of the corrosion now typical in California’s once-glorious cities.

Needles, human waste, and litter are ubiquitous on the city’s streets. San Francisco’s homeless population has exploded; some estimate that as many as 10,000 people live on the street, a census larger than the entire population of almost 85 percent of American townships. City residents have been disturbed by the size and behavior of the homeless population, some of whom, according to the Associated Press, have made a habit of “dashing into traffic or screaming at strangers.”

National Review

Taraji Gives Emotional Testimony To Congress On Mental Health

Domestic abuse survivors 'more at risk of serious mental illness'

Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'

Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms

Tags: Activism, All Rights, Awareness, Celebrity, Children, Disease, Education, Employment, Environment, Health, Medical, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Policy, Politics, Punishment, Recovery, Relationships, Support, Tech, Treatment, Violence, Youth



Ask the Captain: Is it OK to rat out passengers for phone use during takeoff and landing? 


Question: Why don’t airlines stress strongly to leave overhead bins closed during emergency evacuations? I noticed some people on the recent crash in Russia that people delayed the evacuation and most likely caused deaths. I've also seen videos showing people running away from crash site with their carry-on luggage. No luggage is worth losing lives over.

– Dan O, Massachusetts

Answer: Passengers who attempt to retrieve overhead luggage during and evacuation put themselves at risk and others at risk.

USA Today

Tags: $, Advice, Bullying, Lifestyle, Nature, Opinion, Policy, Safety, Travel



These are 4 key signs someone isn’t trustworthy 


Between the various privacy scandals, sexual misconduct probes, and CEOs charged with buying college admissions for their kids, trust in the business world feels like it’s at an all-time low.

But it turns out the picture is more complicated than that. While faith in big business, media, and government is under siege, more people than ever are turning to their employers for guidance and support. Globally, 75% of people trust their employer to do what’s right, according to Edelman’s 2019 Trust Barometer report. In uncertain times, we’re leaning on some of the people closest to us–notably, our bosses and colleagues–for confidence and direction.

I get this. I’ve always felt that my professional network is far more than just a collection of business contacts. In my career as a headhunter and now as an investor, I’ve learned that relationships built around mutual trust are the only ones worth pursuing, professionally and personally.

The challenge is that in the heat of the moment, understanding the intentions and motivations of colleagues can be hard. When you’re dealing with competitive industries, shifting markets, and pressure for instant results, who can you really trust?

Fast Company

Tags: $, Awareness, Business, Employment, Environment, Inclusion, Leaders, Policy, Recovery, Termination, Training, Treatment



Ben & Jerry's plans a CBD-infused ice cream, pending FDA approval 


Ben & Jerry's said Thursday it's planning to release a CBD-infused ice cream as soon as it becomes legal to add cannabidiol to food and beverages.

The ice cream maker said it submitted a comment supporting the regulation change to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Congress legalized the sale of CBD-infused topical products, like creams and ointments, but the FDA for now prohibits ingestible products, citing health concerns.

CBS News

Tags: FDA, Food, Health, Policy, Product



Trump administration announces rollback of health care regulations protecting LGBTQ people 

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced Friday that it is proposing a rule that would change a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that expanded anti-discrimination protections to transgender individuals.

The new regulation would change the 2016 rule that banned discrimination -- on the basis of sex and against trangender people -- by health care providers that receive federal funding.

In a release announcing the proposed change, HHS pointed to a Texas judge's December 2016 injunction that kept the Obama-era rule from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor sided with the state of Texas and other plaintiffs who argued that the Obama rule would force health care providers and insurers to enable transgender people to be treated and get coverage for gender transitions and abortions, despite their religious beliefs or against their medical judgment.

CBS News

Tags: All Rights, Bullying, Choices, Discrimination, Environment, Hate, Health, Hypocrisy, Inhumanity, Interference, LGBTQ, Medical, Policy, Politics, Protection, Religion, Respect, Safety, Too Many Rules, Transgender, Treatment



Should you text with your boss? 


Having your phone blow up with texts from your boss is enough to get your heart racing.

Text messages tend to carry a heavier sense of urgency than an email or instant message -- whether that's the intent or not.

While you might be comfortable texting in your personal life, not everyone is open to using it for workplace communications.

Managers and their employees should set expectations of how they prefer to communicate in and out of the office. Some workers might find texting easier than emails or phone calls, while others might find it too invasive.
People are sloppier and lazier when it comes to texting"

"Have a conversation to determine preferences and reach an agreement on when you are going to use what form of communication," said Marie McIntyre, a career coach and author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics."


Tags: Advice, Business, Employment, Environment, Mental Health, Policy, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Treatment



Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care 


Polling by NPR finds that while rural Americans are mostly satisfied with life, there is a strong undercurrent of financial insecurity that can create very serious problems for many people living in rural communities.

The findings come from two surveys NPR has done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on day-to-day life and health in rural America.

After a major poll we did last fall found that a majority (55%) of rural Americans rate their local economy as only fair or poor, we undertook a second survey early this year to find out more about economic insecurity and health. The poll looked beyond the known factors of job loss and the decades-long flight of young people to more urban areas.

Several findings stand out: A substantial number (40%) of rural Americans struggle with routine medical bills, food and housing. And about half (49%) say they could not afford to pay an unexpected $1,000 expense of any type.


Tags: $, Environment, Health, Inclusion, Policy, Poverty, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Treatment



Social Media Erupts After Boy Is Forced To Color In His Hair With Marker 


Social media was on fire after Angela Washington posted photos on her Facebook page of her 12-year-old son, Juelz Trice, with permanent marker colored into his hair. Trice had been told by an administrator at Berry Miller Junior High in Pearland, TX, where he attends 7th grade, that he was in violation of the school district’s dress code, after he arrived with an “M” carved into his hair.

Trice told ABC13 Eyewitness News in Houston, TX, that the administrator told him that he had two options: an in-school suspension, or to color in the fresh shave.

While some people thought it wasn’t an issue, and that the pre-teen needs to “follow the dress code,” most people who saw the Facebook post from the boy’s mother were as disgusted and outraged as she was. They were not here for the clap backs that supported the administrator’s decision, and took to social media to voice their outrage:


Tags: All Rights, Backlash, Children, Education, Interference, Parental Burden, Policy, Social Media, Treatment, World, Youth



This high school banned parents — yes, parents — from wearing leggings 


A Texas high school is facing backlash for instituting a restrictive dress code on parents, with critics of the new rules accusing the principal of racism and classism.

Parents of students at James Madison High School in Houston are barred from wearing leggings and hair bonnets when they enter the school.

“Parents, we do value you as a partner in your child’s education,” the school’s principal, Carlotta Outley Brown, said in a memo to her district, according to the Houston Chronicle. “However, please know we have to have standards, most of all we must have high standards.”

The “parent dress code” threatens to turn away parents who show up wearing certain restricted items, including bonnets, pajamas, hair rollers, “sagging pants,” and leggings — clothing more often worn by women. (It’s worth noting that the school is named for a U.S. president who definitely enjoyed wearing super-tight pants that would now be considered leggings.)


Tags: Education, Environment, Fashion, Parental Burden, Perception, Policy, Treatment



United Airlines CEO: By the time you sit on our planes, 'you're just pissed at the world' 


United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz acknowledged key pain points customers face when traveling today, including airlines' increasingly shrinking seat sizes.

"I think we are nearing a point certainly that we can't do that anymore," Munoz told ABC News. The interview was conducted prior to the U.S. grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

He said that air travel used to be a thrilling experience but has turned into a laborious process.

"It's become so stressful," he told the outlet, "from when you leave, wherever you live, to get into traffic, to find a parking spot, to get through security."

USA Today

Tags: Finance, Modernization, Policy, Travel



'Children welcome - as long as they stay seated, don't cry, eat off plastic plates and don't go to the toilet on their own': Restaurant's forbidding list of rules for customers with young ones sparks online anger 


A restaurant has ordered parents to keep their children quiet at all times or they will be asked to leave.

The list of rules for diners at the Mediterranean restaurant in Llandudno, North Wales, also says youngsters must be 'seated at all times', accompanied to the toilet and eat off plastic plates.

The business scores four out of five stars on TripAdvisor, and ranked as one of the five best in the area.

It was posted online by charity worker Helen Hyland, reports The Sun, 52, from Stirling, Scotland, who was on holiday in the Welsh resort.

Daily Mail

Tags: Backlash, Children, Environment, Family, Finance, Food, Parental Burden, Policy, Protections, Restaurant, Safety, Social Media, World



Has the nanny state struck again? The new neighbourhood noise law that's dividing a city - and it's bad news if you're a dog owner 


Animal owners will be investigated if their dog barks for longer than three minutes under strict new noise rules.

The limit was set by the City of Darwin Council this week in a bid to silence nuisance canines.

Under the new rules, if a dog barks for more than three minutes in a 30 minute period during the night or six minutes in an hour during the day, irritated neighbours can call the council to investigate.

Daily Mail

Tags: Animals, Noise, Policy



Public health emergency declared amid Brooklyn measles outbreak 


Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to stem an outbreak of measles.

As part of the emergency order, unvaccinated individuals living in selected ZIP codes in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community who may have been exposed to measles will be required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to help curtail the ongoing outbreak.

“We don’t take these steps lightly,” de Blasio said of the mandatory edict to get vaccinated. “It’s time to protect your family and your community.”

Those who have not received the measles vaccine — or do not have evidence of immunity — could be slapped with a violation and fined $1,000.

NY Post

Tags: Disease, Outbreak, Policy, Political, Protection, Saving The Environment!, Vaccine



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