How to Come Back to Work After a Mental Health Leave

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Taking time-off from work to address physical ailments or disabilities happens often enough to (generally) avoid the burden of stigma. But when it comes to mental health leave, many people hesitate to use it. While the Americans With Disabilities Act does require employers to offer accommodations for workers addressing mental health concerns, it’s still easy to make excuses for staying at work in these situations. Even if you do take a sabbatical, it can be daunting to start a job search afterwards. This article's author spoke with three women who returned to the working world after taking mental-health leave, and they offered great advice to anyone considering the same.