Why many employed Americans fear requesting days off from work for their mental health

Over half of employed Americans think mental health isn't a valid reason to call out of work, according to new research. The study polled 2,000 employed Americans to analyze their opinions on mental health care in relation to work and found 57% agreed there's still a negative stigma around this topic. In fact, 62% of those surveyed said they feel their boss would judge them if they requested time off for mental health care - leading 54% to feel like this isn't a good enough reason to call out. Seven in 10 respondents said they'd rather take an entire day off work rather than a few hours - all to avoid telling their supervisor why they're taking time off. Additionally, 67% of those polled said they're more likely to keep it vague and just tell their employer they have "an appointment" if they have to take time off for mental health care. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Learn to Live, employed Americans feel so much PTO anxiety, that they completely avoid scheduling medical appointments four times a year because they don't want to have to ask for time off.