Given at GitHub Universe 2017 - this talk discusses my personal journey with mental health & how you can use open source methodologies to help support a healthier environment.
You can view this talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFu-s8wzlIw
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SELF HARM, SUICIDE
OR TEAM LEAD
OPEN SOURCE MAINTAINER
OR REPOSITORY OWNER
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This talk will…
Mental Health Stats
1 in 5
1 in 7
First visit to
Doctor about m
My Mental Health Journey
Find it here...
My Blog Post
Just read your blog. Very honest, very powerful.
Hope you're good xx
Thanks for your post Been a bit on the brink recently, helps a little.
Especially to know someone as accomplished as you suffers like me
I know this is super random but i just wanted to say thanks for
that medium article. Takes some guts to write something like
that so good job on doing it
So much strength and courage to share something so
personal with everyone really proud of you xxx
Be an Ally Empathy
The struggle is REAL
Mona and I have been reading back through the
discussion between you, Mona and Hubot, and the
whole situation left us feeling very anxious. It took
a bit of time for us to get our heads around why.
Oh erm Ok… What do you know
about the situation?
Why are you responding? Where has
this come from?
What did I do?
Why are you feeling anxious…
I’m the one who opened up…
Did I do the wrong thing?
We can see it is a project you are very passionate
about and while this has worked in the past, it has
lead to some heated discussions recently.
Wow that was a backhanded compliment :/
Was i really being that defensive? Weren’t
we just debating? I’m confused
We are concerned that us getting involved and
imposing our way of doing things, even
inadvertently, might lead to further disagreements
and tensions between us and we don't want that.
Imposing??? What is going on here?
I thought we were working together to
find what suits us all best...
Might? -- you’re kind of
suggesting it will…
Do i have a choice - how
do i voice how i feel? Do I
We value our friendship with you and we do not
believe it is worth risking it over this project.
Do you really?? Am i being unreasonable? Is this
because i told you about my mental health
condition? I won’t do that again!
Why couldn’t you talk to me in person…
How is this all meant to sound?
Oh no… what does hubot think about me now?
My Personal Coping Mechanisms
I listen to music on days
when I struggle to socialise
with people around me
I use Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy techniques like
thought diaries for
I play piano and write when
I need a release
When I am extroverted and
when I can and feel
comfortable I talk about my
experience to help others
Follow our efforts
When I’m severely
introverted I write, blog, or
1 Talk Openly
If you have the ability to share
EVERYTHING with EVERYONE
- why aren’t you?
CASE STUDY :
GitHub Campus Experts
We Talk Openly...
2 We Share Things...
3 We Remove Ambiguity...
Speak to a Campus Expert at Universe!
Amy’s Dos & Don’ts
● Ask people for labels or try to label people
● Assume tone
● Share conversations or info without explicit
● Give people the benefit of the doubt
● Check your language & encourage others to do so
too - especially descriptors
● Offer your support as an ally
Amanda’s GitHub Repo
CHALLENGES HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT
1. Being a subject of gossip
2. Alienation & awkwardness
3. Denied career advances
4. Communicating issues to team &
5. Taking time off for wellbeing
6. Taking extended time off
7. Symptoms that impact workflow &
1. Normalise conversations about
mental health conditions
2. Be open about your own needs
3. Stop glamorizing over-working
4. Encourage taking time off
5. Seek out guidance within your
company on management
6. Work together to find
Lessons from Amanda’s workshop on Mental Health
The most damaging
phrase in the language is
“We’ve always done it
Together == Better