Mike Bell - @mikebell_
Who am I?
@mikebell_ on twitter
mikebell_ on drupal.org
mikebell on github
More about me
Husband to be
Part of the UK Drupal community
Doctor, Mental Health Professional
16 years old - ME/CFS
12 years of silence
Breakdown in 2014
Where's my docs?
No API documentation
No coding style
curl -I http://brain.dev/states/fix
Current - Citalopram
Previous - Propranolol
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Taboo & stats
1 in 4 British adults can suffer from any one of a huge list of mental health
3 in 100 people suffer from Depression in the UK
5 people in 100 suffer from anxiety.
1.6 million people in contact with specialist mental health services in 2012/13
(The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
What's the personal
What if I lose my job?
What if I lose my fiance?
What's the business
The health part in
Fitness for the brain
A difficult step
Approximately one person in 28 was in
contact with mental health services in
Great source of information
“You come to the doctor for any issues with your body, a cold or a sprained
ankle, your mind is part of your body so why wouldn’t you come to a doctor?”
Local mental health
Self or Doctor referral
More information -
Talking to a professional
Easier to talk to
Freedom to express yourself
Counselling - CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Active type of therapy
Changing the way you think
Living in the moment
Responding not reacting
Knowing your limits
Being kind to yourself
Mindfulness - Reacting
Mindfulness - Finding
You are awesome!
If you could go back a few years in time and give yourself some advice
regarding this topic, what would it be?
If there are people listening who think they might be having some of the same
issues you've experienced, what is the first thing they should do?
Is there anything about participating in an open source community that is
helpful to your situation?
Could Imposter syndrome be alleviated a bit by greater recognition of
community based contributions? A kind of validation of how you're involved in
What are some ways we can we support community members with mental
health issues while still respecting their privacy?
Image from http://talbotanimalclinic.com
Reate me - https://joind.in/15449
2007 Mental Health Fundamental Facts
Accessing Mental Health Services