Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community

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October 28, 2017

Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community

Given at TechCamp Memphis Oct 2017 #memtech

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  1. STRONGER THAN FEAR
 MENTAL HEALTH IN THE DEVELOPER COMMUNITY Ed

    Finkler • @OSMIHelp • OSMIhelp.org WCSEA • November 2017 • #osmi
  2. @osmihelp WHO DIS?

  3. @osmihelp “WEBMASTER”

  4. @osmihelp OPEN SOURCING MENTAL ILLNESS Since 2012

  5. @osmihelp UNCOMFORTABLE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SECTION

  6. @osmihelp BACK TO ME

  7. @osmihelp GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

  8. @osmihelp ADHD

  9. @osmihelp I TAKE MEDS

  10. @osmihelp I SEE A THERAPIST

  11. @osmihelp IT IMPACTS MY WORK EVERY DAY

  12. @osmihelp SOMETIMES IT GIVES ME SUPERPOWERS

  13. @osmihelp SOMETIMES IT RUINS ME

  14. @osmihelp IT CAN TAKE EVERYTHING

  15. @osmihelp ALONE

  16. @osmihelp THE WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY

  17. @osmihelp W.H.O. STUDY GLOBAL BURDEN OF DISEASE

  18. @osmihelp BURDEN OF MENTAL DISORDERS IS THE LARGEST OF ALL

    DISORDER CATEGORIES IN NORTH AMERICA GREATER THAN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE GREATER THAN CANCER (W.H.O. 2008)
  19. @osmihelp “In all regions, neuropsychiatric conditions are the most important

    causes of disability, accounting for around one third of Years Lost to Disability among adults aged 15 years and over” (W.H.O. 2008)
  20. @osmihelp 1/3 OF YEARS LOST TO DISABILITY

  21. @osmihelp THE TECH COMMUNITY

  22. @osmihelp BASICALLY NO RESEARCH

  23. @osmihelp SO WE DO IT

  24. @osmihelp MENTAL HEALTH IN TECH 2016 SURVEY RESULTS US Non-self

    employed only; as of 11/16/2016 osmihelp.org/research
  25. @osmihelp Do you think that discussing a health issue with

    your employer would have negative consequences? Mental Physical osmihelp.org/research
  26. @osmihelp Would you bring up a health issue with a

    potential employer in an interview? Mental Physical https://osmihelp.org/research
  27. @osmihelp Does your employer provide resources to learn more about

    mental health issues and how to seek help? osmihelp.org/research
  28. @osmihelp Do you feel that being identified as a person

    with a mental health issue would hurt your career? osmihelp.org/research
  29. @osmihelp Have you been diagnosed with a mental health condition?

    osmihelp.org/research
  30. @osmihelp SICK WORKERS DON’T WORK

  31. @osmihelp WHAT’S THE UPSIDE?

  32. @osmihelp MENTAL WELLNESS = BETTER EMPLOYEES http://www.taadas.org/publications/prodimages/A%20Mental%20Health%20Friendly%20Workplace.pdf

  33. @osmihelp PEOPLE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU http://www.taadas.org/publications/prodimages/A%20Mental%20Health%20Friendly%20Workplace.pdf

  34. @osmihelp “We talk about 10x developers as being a fairy

    tale, but you take a developer with crippling depression, get them to the right treatment, and they will literally be 10x more productive.” Greg Baugues
  35. @osmihelp CHANGE IS HARD

  36. @osmihelp 1. GET THE OSMI HANDBOOKS

  37. @osmihelp 2. SPEAK OPENLY ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

  38. @osmihelp 3. TELL PEOPLE THEY MATTER

  39. @osmihelp …

  40. @osmihelp “It really sucks to have a brain that wants

    to continually sabotage you and keeps you from reaching your potential.”
  41. @osmihelp “I always want to go out and meet others

    in the development field, but I can't get myself to go to any of the meetups or conferences. I'd gone to one day conference but was too nervous to talk with any of the other attendees. I left feeling like an idiot for not introducing myself to anyone.”
  42. @osmihelp “I deal with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and take the

    same meds you do. I first noticed this condition as a teenager, and I'm almost 30 now. I'm still incredibly embarrassed about the condition and most likely will not tweet about this topic out of pure shame, unfortunately.”
  43. @osmihelp COMMUNITIES ARE ABOUT PEOPLE NOT CODE

  44. @osmihelp OUR COMMUNITY

  45. @osmihelp OUR COLLEAGUES

  46. @osmihelp OUR FRIENDS

  47. @osmihelp OUR PEOPLE

  48. @osmihelp SUFFER IN SILENCE

  49. @osmihelp DISAPPEAR

  50. @osmihelp ONLY FEAR ALLOWS THIS

  51. @osmihelp CHOOSE

  52. @osmihelp WE CAN CHOOSE TO GIVE IN TO FEAR

  53. @osmihelp MEET INACTION WITH ACTION

  54. @osmihelp MEET CONFUSION WITH UNDERSTANDING

  55. @osmihelp MEET INDIFFERENCE WITH COMPASSION

  56. @osmihelp Choose Now. osmihelp.org/donate STRONGER THAN FEAR

  57. @osmihelp WE NEED VOLUNTEERS SOCIAL MEDIA LEAD FUNDRAISING LEAD PUBLIC

    RELATIONS LEAD DESIGNERS FRONT-END DEVS WRITERS
  58. ED FINKLER FOUNDER OPEN SOURCING MENTAL ILLNESS @OSMIHELP • OSMIHELP.ORG

    PATREON.COM/OSMIHELP OSMIHELP.ORG/DONATE