Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community*
Mental disorders are the largest contributor to disease burden in North America, but the developer community and those who employ us are afraid to face the problem head-on. In this talk, we'll examine the state of mental health awareness in the developer workplace, why most developers feel it isn't safe to talk about mental health, and what we can do to change the culture and save lives. Attendees will leave with 5 things they can do to make their workplace safer for those dealing with mental health disorders.
New for 2016: 1. We’ll finally show our new documentation for workplaces to implement MH-friendly policies 2. 2016 survey results with information about the prevalence of certain mental disorders among developers, and how it differs from the general population
- Intro to me, my background as dev with mental disorders
- I’m like 20% of the population
- Cover the state of mental disorders as the #1 cause of disease burden
- Show data points from survey
- Present possible conclusions based on the data
- Devs do not feel safe discussing mental health in the workplace
- Present solutions to combat this
- Mental Health First Aid
- Vacation and Sick Leave policies
- Proactive discussion of mental health
- Avoiding burnout/reducing stress
- Prominently presenting available mental health resources
- Reasons for implementing these solutions
- Higher productivity and motivation
- Reduced absenteeism
- Health insurance cost containment
- Preparedness for disasters
- Loyalty and retention
- Hiring and promoting the most qualified people
- More efficient workplace practices and policies
- Better workplace relations
- Diversity, acceptance, and respect in the workplace
mental health, diversity, culture, workplace
I've given talks on this topic nearly 30 times in the last three years. All of the recorded talks and slides are available at: https://osmihelp.org/#talks
I have spoken at numerous conferences on technical and non-technical topics, including:
Open Source Bridge
True North PHP
Lone Star PHP
Dev Workshop Conference
PHP Community Conference
Expression Engine/CodeIgniter Conf
I was awarded an Open Source Citizen award at OSBridge 2014 for my work in this area.
He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.
Ed’s current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign.
Ed writes at funkatron.com.
- Title: Graph Databases WIll Change Your Freakin Life
- Track: Practice
- Room: B201
- Time: 1:30 – 2:15pm
Most developer have worked with relational DBs like MySQL or PostgreSQL, but for many use cases they aren’t the best option. Graph databases have a simpler, more powerful model for handling complex related data. In this talk we’ll work with Neo4j to explore the advantages of graph DBs. Attendees will learn the graph model, how graph DBs let you do things that are practically impossible with SQL, and the best options for integrating one into your application — new or existing.
- Speakers: Ed Finkler