Open Sourcing Mental Illness: Ending The Stigma*
An open, honest discussion of mental illness from the perspective of a web developer. We can learn to survive, cope, and thrive.
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.
mental illness, depression, anxiety, stigma, empathy, health
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:
Open Source Bridge
True North PHP
Lone Star PHP
PHP Community Conference
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.