LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH,
A GUIDE FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS.
WHO AM I?
▸ Senior Software Developer @ Transpoco
▸ Open Source Project Maintainer for joind.in
▸ Volunteer with Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI)
WHO AM I NOT?
▸ A Doctor
▸ A Mental Health Worker
▸ Qualiﬁed to make a diagnosis or advise on treatment
I myself suffer from a mental illness and I am passionate
about overcoming the stigma associated with mental health
OPEN SOURCING MENTAL
CHANGING HOW WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL
HEALTH IN THE TECH COMMUNITY
1 IN 5 PEOPLE WILL SUFFER FROM
A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER AT
SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES
World Health Organisation
2015: 451 SUICIDES IN
IRELAND, 83% WERE MEN!
Health Services Executive
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
ARE UNDERFUNDED AND
FACING INCREASED DEMAND
Oireachtas Group on Mental Health
HOW CAN EMPLOYERS HELP?
▸ Create a culture that supports staff to be open about their
▸ Be able to speak sensitively and empathetically with
someone about their mental health
▸ Know how to support someone experiencing a mental
▸ Be willing to provide time off when necessary
HOW CAN COLLEAGUES HELP?
▸ Offer a listening ear
▸ Don’t pry and ask for information they are not prepared to
▸ Seek help when necessary from HR or your manager
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOURSELF?
▸ Eat properly
▸ Get time away from your computer
▸ Find someone you can talk to
SOME SIGNS YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM A MENTAL ILLNESS
▸ Excessive tiredness
▸ Social Withdrawal
▸ Unusual drop in activity at work
▸ Increased sensitivities to sight, sound, smells and touch
▸ Loss of desire to participate in activities
▸ Illogical thinking
▸ Appetite Changes
▸ A decline in personal care
IT’S NORMAL TO
EXPERIENCE 1 OR 2 OF
IF YOU EXPERIENCE MORE,
MAYBE SPEAK TO YOUR GP
WE NEED TO STOP THE
STIGMA, SELF EDUCATION
IS THE FIRST STEP.
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DISCUSS ANYTHING FROM THIS TALK.
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