Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B302/303

Excerpt

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.

Description

Abstract/bullet points:
Primarily this will focus on findings from the 2014 Mental Health in Tech Survey (http://funkatron.com/posts/the-mental-health-in-tech-survey.html). We received over 1100 responses, and you can view the raw data here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FqpxZXORRNDQ4niSeqLx0Qy2VfUod_qlAvpnOyTEB9k/viewanalytics

Essentially the talk will break down as such:

  • 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

Tags

mental health, soft skills, stress, burnout, workplace

Speaking experience

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

OSCON
Open Source Bridge
SXSW Interactive
Adobe MAX
Nodevember
MadisonPHP
Madison Ruby
PyTennessee
Distill
CodeConnexx
SkiPHP
ZendCon
True North PHP
Lone Star PHP
PHP|tek
PHP|works
PHP Community Conference
Expression Engine/CodeIgniter Conf

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