Changing how we talk about
mental health in the tech community

Awareness

We fight the harmful stigma around mental health disorders by speaking openly about our experiences. Shame and silence are countered with honest, straightforward explanations of how mental illness affects us.

Education

We educate the tech community on both the economic impact of mental disorders, and how they affect worker productivity. We collect and share important data on tech workers' expectations about how they'll be treated.

Resources

We help workplaces identify the best resources to support their employees, and we create detailed guides on how to make the workplace safe and supportive for those with mental health issues.

About OSMI

Ed's talk is practically subversive for acknowledging mental health issues out in the open, which is exactly what we all need to be doing.
— Jacqui Cheng

Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities.

OSMI began in 2013 as a speaking campaign by Ed Finkler. Ed started speaking at tech conferences about his personal experiences as a web developer and open source advocate with a mental health disorder. The response was overwhelming, and Ed has continued to speak, gather data, and organize efforts to change experiences of those with mental health disorders in the tech workplace. This includes speaking at conferences and companies, conducting research, and creating documentation to assist companies in making supportive environments for those impacted by mental health disorders. He is assisted in these efforts by selfless volunteers who bring their time and expertise to bear on this important issue.

About Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. Ed is the CTO at Graph Story. He has suffered from mental health disorders for his entire life, and believes strongly in open, fearless discussion of mental health issues to combat shame and stigma.

Volunteers

Jennifer Akullian, PhD.

Ayumi Bennett

Joe Ferguson

Gary Hockin

Christina Keelan

Elizabeth Naramore

Jenn Turner

Johanna Merritt Wu, PhD.

Sponsors

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