Open Sourcing Mental Illness: Ending The Stigma

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B202/203

Excerpt

An open, honest discussion of mental illness from the perspective of a web developer. We can learn to survive, cope, and thrive.

Description

In the spirit of open source, I’d like to shine a spotlight on mental illness. Not because it’s easy, but because it’s important. One in five of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness in the next year, but the stigma attached to it dissuades many from seeking help. These conditions will continue to take our siblings, parents, children, friends, and colleagues until we learn to talk about it without shame.

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was thirteen, and I’ve been struggling with it my whole life. In this talk, I’ll discuss how it has impacted my work as a developer, husband, and father. We’ll discuss how to help those who cope with mental illness as empathetic, supportive colleagues. Together, we’ll change lives for the better.

Tags

mental illness, depression, anxiety, stigma, empathy, health

Speaking experience

You can see other times I've given this talk at http://funkatron.com/osmi.

I've spoken at numerous conferences in the past several years, including:

OSCON
Open Source Bridge
SXSW Interactive
Adobe MAX
Madison Ruby
Distill
CodeConnexx
SkiPHP
True North PHP
Lone Star PHP
PHP|tek
PHP|works
PHP Community Conference
EECI

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