in suicides over 1994-2016 (CDC) • 18.5% of US adults experience mental illness per year (NIMH) • 1 in 25 of US adults suﬀer from a serious, life limi&ng mental illness per year (NIMH) • Depression is predicted to be responsible for more days of missed work and produc&vity than any other illness. (WHO)
Survey: • 61% of employees didn’t know what MH beneﬁts were available • 71% of current employers never formally discussed MH • 74% of employees either didn’t know about MH assistance available or weren’t provided resources • Over 50% either weren’t sure or wouldn’t discuss MH with coworkers • Over 70% of previous employers never formally discussed MH • 31% wouldn’t bring up a physical health issue with a poten&al employer • 62% wouldn’t bring up a mental health issue with a poten&al employer.
all” approach What works in an on-site/in-person team may not work for remote/hybrid situa&ons Work with HR, but don’t be afraid to take steps outside their control. (ymmv…) You have to be… • Empathe&c • Proac&ve • Willing to take the “hit” • Open to communica&on • Able to set aside ego • Pa&ent
MUST strive to get to know their team. • Community must be fostered and nurtured. • No “noise” does not mean no problems. • People are not Trello cards or JIRA &ckets • Code reviews need special aWen&on • Trust, communica&on, and teamwork are paramount to preven&ng exclusion.
• Communica&on and empathy are key • Systems and anonymity promote ac&on through ease and privacy • Managers need to know their team and be proac&ve • Learning to accept help is the hardest but most rewarding step.